Top 10 FAQs About Buying & Using Adult Nappies

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Coming To Terms With Incontinence

Incontinence, or more commonly known as the loss of bladder or bowel control, is more common in adults than you think. Hearing the word “incontinence” can be a serious source of anxiety for both you the affected person or as a caregiver. If you have just recently received your diagnosis, you must have a lot of questions, in addition to processing all your feelings and emotions that come along with such news.

Please, pause, and know that we are here to help you. Incontinence does not have to rule your life! So while you give yourself time and space to work through accepting this new way of life, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions regarding adult incontinence products, to help you get started.

One of the best solutions for all types for all types of incontinence is adult nappies or adult pull-ups for the more mobile individual. Sounds intimidating right? Don’t worry, we got you covered. In this article, we answer the most commonly asked questions by individuals who start their journey with Adult nappies. Equip yourself with all the answers so you can make the best decision when purchasing your adult nappies.

The Most Common Questions About Buying & Using Adult Nappies Answered

1. Who needs to wear adult nappies?

Adult nappies are generally recommended and suitable for adults who experience persistent incontinence or bladder leakage. However, it would also be suitable for people who have any type of mobility or cognitive impairment, which hinders their ability to get to the toilet in time.

2. What is the difference between nappies for babies and nappies for adults?

One of the main differences between baby and adult nappies is the absorbent factor. Baby nappies are not made to be worn for hours. Adult nappies are much more absorbent and often include more absorption areas for incontinence protection, rather than the single strip of absorption material found in baby nappies.

3. What are nappies for adults called?

There are quite a number of terms or names for adult nappies, adult nappies being one of them. However, nappies for adults are most commonly also known as:

  • ADult Nappes
  • Adult Diapers
  • Incontinence Briefs
  • Incontinence Wear
  • All-in-ones

4. Are there different styles of adult nappies

Yes, they essentially come in two styles, Pullups and Tabs (traditional nappy style). Pull-ups tend to be less bulky and more like underwear and ideal for anyone who can go to the bathroom or can make use of a portable toilet. Whereas nappies with the tabs are easier for people who have difficulty standing to put them on or for those cared for by a caregiver.

5. How do I choose the correct nappy size?

A nappy should fit snug, yet comfortable enough to move around freely. It is important to always choose a nappy size according to your weight and use the measurements as a guideline. It may be necessary to play around with sizes before you figure out which size fits you the best. This is why our adult nappy range has convenient packs of 10, so you don’t end up with a lot of unused ill-fitting nappies.

6. How do I take my measurements?

You will need a tape measure to take your measurements. The main measurements you need for adult nappy sizes are for the waist and hip. To take accurate measurements you should measure the width of your waist, just below the belly button and the widest part of your hips. Be sure to measure to the nearest centimetre.

7. How will I know if the nappy is too small?

The nappy will make indentations around your legs or waist You might also see redness around your groin area. Also, nappies that are too small can tear, these tears usually occur around your legs or waist, which could lead to leakage.

8. How will I know if the nappy is too big?

The most obvious sign that a nappy is too big is when it visibly shows through your clothes, or if you end up with a lot of bunched material around your legs or waist. When it comes to the tab style nappy, if you need to pull the tabs tightly, fasten them in the middle of your abdomen or they overlap, then they’re too big. It’s important to note that a bigger size does not mean a more absorbent product. In most cases, choosing a size that’s too big for you will actually cause leaks.

9. Where can I buy nappies for adults?

There are many places that stock nappies for adults. They are available at most supermarkets, pharmacies and general stores. However, you can also buy them online which is a really good option if you would like to be discreet. The Drypers online store has a range of Adult Nappies & Accessories available, we deliver anywhere in South Africa for your convenience. Browse our range of Adult Incontinence products online:

Buy Adult Nappies from only R70 per pack or purchase Adult pull-ups from only R75 per pack if you prefer.

Once you know what your size is, you can buy in bulk on the Drypers Official Online Store and save!

10. What else would I need when buying adult nappies?

Having the right accessories can make dealing with incontinence a lot easier. These are some of the extras you should get when buying adult nappies.

  • Wet wipes
  • Disposable gloves
  • Bed liners or linen savers
  • Disposable dirtbags
  • Gentle cleanser
  • Gentle moisturising cream
  • Tisuues

Buy Wet wipes and Tissues from as little as R10 per pack. We also stock Euron Linen savers from only 80 per pack of 28.

Use the Right Incontinence Products

Remember that using premium incontinence products like Drypers adult nappy range which offer advanced leakage proof barriers, will make all of the difference when managing your symptoms and improve your quality of life will immensely. Allowing you to carry on living your life confidently!

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