The procedure of helping someone change an adult diaper for the very first time might be daunting to most. Your loved one may be returning home from the hospital or rehab center, or they may be dealing with incontinence issues on a daily basis. In any case, this guide about how to replace an adult diaper will hopefully help you feel more comfortable the next time you do it.
What supplies do I need to replace the adult diaper?
You will need the following:
- Tab-style underwear – Absorbent underwear for incontinence, tab-style underwear opens on the sides. These are best used for:
- Those who are bedridden or immobilized
- Those with bowel incontinence or excessively heavy urination
- Hygienic wet wipes – to clean, use extra-large adult hygienic wipes. These offer an effective and refreshing cleanse while shielding carers’ fingertips from leakage and are double the size of baby wipes.
- Gloves – offer extra cleanliness. Do not use latex gloves if the patient has latex allergies.
- Barrier or cleansing cream, if necessary.
Step-by-step guide on changing the adult diapers
Remove the current incontinence diaper first before anything else.
Many carers find it helpful to begin by placing their loved one on a disposable underpad, particularly if you’ve not replaced many adult briefs previously. The furnishings in your home will be safeguarded by these absorbent sheets, which will soak up any spilled liquid or mess throughout a diaper replacement.
Ensure that your loved one is lying on their back on the disposable underpad.
Then, unfasten the taps on the front panel and pull the front panel down. Grab a hygienic adult wipe to clean any messes that may be left on the front of the body.
Roll your loved one onto the side.
To clean the behind of your loved one, use a fresh, sanitary wipe. You should also utilize a perineal cleanser for extra hygiene if your loved one has odour, sores, or excessive bowel leakage. With the sanitary wipes in, wrap the brief up and secure it using the lateral tabs. Before changing your loved one’s new diaper at this stage, slip on clean gloves if yours are dirty.
Putting on the brand new adult diaper.
Put on some clean gloves if you’d like after washing your hands. Your loved one should be turned to the side. The adult brief is folded lengthwise, and make sure the side with tabs remains in the rear when you slip the brief under their legs.
Spread the posterior across the back of your loved one. Your loved one should be positioned on top of the rear panel after being gently rolled onto their back. Lift up the front panel and place it over their stomach. The tabs should be tightened around their waist.
Position the tab on items with one tab on every end in the location you feel is the safest for your loved one. Secure the bottom tab throughout the product if the diaper has two tabs. Pull the top tap down to make it angled.
How do I know if the adult diaper is the appropriate size?
The tabs of a properly sized adult diaper should sit in front of the hips.
The item is too tiny if the tabs rest back against the hips. Your loved one may experience pain and pinch from underwear that is too tiny. It’s too big if the tabs cover the belly. Larger diapers are more likely to have spaces where liquid can escape (typically, in the leg holes or up the back).
It is essential to measure your waist and hip measurements in inches to determine the proper size for tab-style briefs. Using the size charts we include with each and every product, just use the bigger of the two figures.
How frequently should the adult diapers be changed?
How frequently your loved one urinates and the level of absorbency of the diaper you’re using will determine how frequently you should change their diaper. The majority of incontinence products should typically be replaced four to six times each day. Other helpful guidelines are:
- The majority of tab-style briefs have an integrated moisture indicator. You should switch to a different product whenever that indicator’s colour changes.
- To best support their health and well-being, you should switch their product as soon as your loved one has bowel activity.
- If your loved one has leakage and is already wearing a high-absorbency product, you should probably replace diapers more frequently.
It’s important to regularly change your loved one’s absorbent diapers in order to preserve skin health, cleanliness, and enjoyment.
Do I need a barrier cream for diapers or not?
A barrier cream is a fantastic method to shield the skin of a loved one from harm brought on by incontinence. Barrier creams provide the skin with a waterproof layer to protect it from potentially harmful moisture.
It’s a good idea to use a barrier cream or diaper cream. Apply this every other time your loved one is changed as a preventive strategy. Periodically using diaper cream may assist maintain healthy skin.
If your loved one has skin irritation, dryness, or itchiness in the perineal region. If your loved one has skin issues right now, it’s best to clean with a perineal cleanser and use diaper cream for each turn.
If you’re trying to find the right pair of adult underpants, then you should stick to adult underpants that are made from cotton or polyester. This is because this type of fabric tends to be more comfortable and provides better protection for your skin.
While it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about wearing adult underpants, or you’re not sure whether they’re right for you, then it’s a good idea to try them on. This will help to make sure that they fit your body properly and don’t cause any problems.