Night Time Incontinence

Date: 23/07/21

Night time incontinence is a common problem, with as many as one in a hundred adults reporting bed wetting. The true number is probably much higher, as the embarrassment factors stops many people from talking about it. So how should you cope with night time incontinence, or bed wetting, and what products should you use?

Disposable bed mats for adults

There are a wide range of disposable bed mats for adults and mattress protectors available on the market, ranging from absorbent disposable bed mats for adults to incontinence bed sheets. However, it is very important to remember that while these can provide a useful second line of defence against leaks, they are not recommended as the primary way of controlling night-time incontinence.

Unfit for purpose

Separate bed pads are not designed to replace absorbent pads worn in the underwear or fully fitted absorbent pants. In fact, they have been removed from the NHS framework and are no longer provided to patients on provision. However, they are still widely mis-used in the incontinence community by people who do not want to sleep in their normal daytime incontinence products, or who do not want to use these products at all if they are only incontinent overnight. Instead of using the regular, recommended protection, they leave it to the bed pad to absorb any leaks overnight. Unfortunately, this can lead to all kinds of skin problems.

The problem with disposable bed mats for adults

The biggest problem with bed mats is that you end up lying on a wet pad for an extended period of time while you sleep. This wetness is in contact with a large area of your skin and this is not healthy. As a result, moisture lesions and severe derma sores can develop that are both painful and long-lasting. These lesions and sores can easily become infected, leading to significant health risks, especially in older people who are more vulnerable to disease.

Getting ready for bed

It is far more effective to use a correctly fitted incontinence product overnight. This may take a little getting used to, but if you choose the right product, in the right size, with the right absorbency level, you will ultimately end up much more comfortable and your skin will be better protected. Your continence support team or your GP will help you to select the right product for maximum comfort and performance, or you can talk to the friendly experts at IncoDirect, who will be happy to send samples for you to try out at home.

Protecting your skin

Unfortunately, skin problems are not limited to the mis-use of bed pads. They can also occur when you are using other incontinence products, especially if you are not using the right absorbency level or they are not correctly fitted. IncoDirect stocks a wide range of professional skin care products to help you to avoid or to treat skin problems. These include specialist wet wash gloves, wash creams and wash mousse to clean the skin, along with barrier wipes, creams and films that form a protective layer on the skin surface. All of our barrier creams are recommended for use with incontinence products, but some skin lotions that contain oil based ingredients block the pads and stop the sap inside working effectively at absorbing the fluid.  Heavy cream products that do not absorb into the skin to create the barrier and sit on the surface.

Comfort and protection

Wearing incontinence products while you are trying to sleep may feel uncomfortable at first, especially if you are not used to wearing this type of protection during the day. However, this is nothing compared to the discomfort of skin lesions or sores. In the long run, looking after your skin with the right incontinence protection is well worth a few restless nights.

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