Incontinence / Living With Incontinence |
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
Disposable pads also come in many shapes and
sizes, for men and women. This product line also
works best for mild to moderate incontinence.
Regardless of product, a loved one and caregiver
must decide together which product provides adequate
protection and the best level of comfort.
Day vs. Night
The hour of the day makes a difference for
someone suffering with incontinence.
Coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercising all
contribute to stress incontinence, when the muscle
controlling urine is weakened. This mainly occurs
during the daytime hours when a loved one is most
Medical procedures, decreased mobility and
perhaps a urinary tract infection could also be
causes for daytime incontinence.
Eliminating certain foods that irritate a
bladder, such as caffeine and citrus, may help
daytime incontinence. Learning how to suppress the
urge to urinate may also be beneficial therapy.
Nighttime issues are often the result of
overactive bladder. Keeping fluids to a minimum
after dinner may help, as well as medication to aid
in better sleep patterns.
No matter the time of day, incontinence is a
symptom that can be managed with a few specific
changes. Incontinence doesn’t have to stop a loved
one from living life the way they want to.