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Living With Incontinence

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

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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 active.

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 doesnít have to stop a loved one from living life the way they want to.


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