How Often Should You Change An Incontinence Pad?

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Incontinence affects between 4% and 8% of the global population, with various severities of this disease. While incontinence pads on the market are more absorbent and discreet than ever, you need to maintain them properly to ensure the patient or loved one utilizing the pads stays dry and comfortable.

What Is Incontinence?

Incontinence can occur for many reasons, but the most common cause is an overactive bladder. When your bladder contracts and pushes urine out without you realizing it or intending for it to happen, this condition might have taken hold.

What Is An Incontinence Pad?

Incontinence bed pads are an excellent way to protect your mattress from leaks and stains due to urine. The layers of material work quickly, absorbing liquid throughout the night so you can rest assured that your bed will be dry when morning comes. Incontinence bed pads come in both reusable and disposable options.

What Happens If You Use the Incontinence Pads for Too Long?

Prolonged use of wet pads can cause a skin condition called incontinence-associated dermatitis. This causes inflammation and irritation when the wearer's underwear is exposed to urine, but keeping as dry an area as possible will help prevent this from happening.

MIP Cares' Fusion bed pad features patented Stay Dry technology that ensures that the skin's exposure to moisture is shortened, as wicking allows the moisture to spread through the pad and away from the body, providing a true Stay Dry surface throughout the night.

The facing is laminated to the middle soaker layer, not quilted like typical reusable underpads, facilitating moisture spread through the pad. The high-capacity soaker continues to absorb fluid after an initial void.

How Frequently Do You Need To Change Incontinence Pads?

It is important to change your pad frequently throughout the day to protect the skin from infection. You should do this at least 2-4 times a day, and if your loved one is struggling with more severe incontinence, you should check every 4 hours.

Linen products play a key role in the prevention of pressure ulcers, and it is important that clinicians minimize exposure of the patient's skin to moisture by assessing and treating incontinence at the time of occurrence. Using an underpad with good wicking and absorption capabilities is essential since prolonged exposure to wetness can macerate the skin. Since moist skin is five times as likely to become ulcerated as dry skin, it is essential to maintain the driest possible surface under the patient.

How To Choose The Right Incontinence Pads

mip's incontinence products showcased on a bed

With the advancement of technology, purchasing high-quality reusable incontinence bed pads is superior to their disposable counterparts. According to one hospital study, washable and reusable absorbent bed pads provided significant advantages to overdraw sheets. "The patients benefited by having longer periods when their skin was dry, so that the incidence of erythema (skin redness) was reduced." The bed pads also provided less wrinkling and creasing and a reduction in the level of odour.

Other Incontinence Pad FAQs

Does the Size of the Pad Matter for Absorbency?

The amount that bed pads hold varies greatly depending on the quality. MIP incontinence pads feature a PU or vinyl backing for maximum protection and a soaker made of 65% polyester and 35% rayon for maximum absorbency.

When it comes to determining the size of pad you need, the size you choose depends on how you plan to use it. For a bed, or a similarly large surface, we suggest purchasing the MIP Cares Fusion Bed Pad, which measures 35 x 35 inches, or the MIP Cares Whootex Bed Pad, which measures 34 x 36 inches.

If you require an incontinence pad for a chair, a smaller surface area is needed. The MIP Cares Aurorra Chair Pad measures 21 x 22 inches and is ideal for most seating surfaces.

How Do I Keep the Incontinence Odour Under Control?

To keep incontinence odour under control, you should routinely change any sheets, clothing and pads. Thankfully, our incontinence pads feature impermeable backing, providing effective linen protection resulting in fewer bed linen changes.

Can You Reuse a Wet Pad?

Once a reusable incontinence pad has been soiled, you must wash it before reuse. When choosing a reusable, washable bed pad, its material should be durable enough to withstand multiple washes. All MIP Cares incontinence pads are made of a material selected for its durability and ability to resist regular wear and tear, as well as for comfort and protection.

What Are the Benefits of Washable Incontinence Pads?

Washable incontinence pads provide a low cost per use that compares favourably to disposable and traditional cotton-rich bed pads.