Sometimes, old age brings along certain unavoidable conditions which could be more of a cause of embarrassment than a medical problem. Almost twenty million Americans suffer from ‘urinary incontinence’ which results in loss of control over one’s bowels or urinary bladder. This can affect women or men. Medically, it can be explained as a condition wherein the pressure applied by the bladder is more than that of the urethra. This causes involuntary discharge of urine. Weakening of the pelvic muscles, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease or a severe injury can trigger this problem.
One can choose to use adult diapers to overcome the discomfort and continue with one’s routine. These pads come in reusable or disposable varieties. The former is made of cotton and widely used while the later is chosen for people having excessive urinary leakage. These cloth diapers come in a variety of sizes, material and shapes. The cotton fabric prevents rashes and allows breathing of the skin.
Cloth diapers are more economical since they can be washed and re-used. They can be used with ‘soakers’ to absorb any leakages from the diaper. Cover up pants made of plastic material will have to be worn to avoid any leakage.
The cloth diapers are gaining more popularity since they are biodegradable unlike diapers which have paper linings which are non-degradable. They are now made to fit snugly using elastic bands in place of pins. Also, one can avoid curious onlookers since there will be no noise of plastic while walking unlike diapers.
Personal hygiene by airing sufficiently, changing in time and keeping the area dry should be ensured.