Creating an Action Plan for Sudden Onset Incontinence

Dealing with sudden onset incontinence can understandably be a stressful experience. In this blog, we share some steps to developing a practical plan for managing incontinence.

Creating an Action Plan for Sudden Onset Incontinence

Dealing with sudden onset incontinence can understandably be a stressful experience. In this blog, we share some steps to developing a practical plan for managing incontinence.

Dealing with sudden onset incontinence can understandably be a stressful experience, impacting a person’s physical health and emotional well-being.

Whether it arises from a medical condition, injury, or remains unexplained, it’s important to approach this change with effective strategies and a supportive mindset.

Our goal is to help you develop a practical action plan for managing acute incontinence, helping you regain control and confidence.

Step 1. Consult A Healthcare Provider

Your first step should be to consult with a healthcare provider to identify the underlying causes of your sudden onset incontinence. Your doctor or specialist can help you reach a diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, or lifestyle modifications. This is crucial not only for managing the condition but also for ensuring there are no more serious health issues at play.

Step 2. Developing Your Incontinence Action Plan

An effective incontinence action plan includes several key components:

  • Energency Preparedness:

    Keep an incontinence emergency kit handy with supplies like extra incontinence aids, spare clothes, and skincare products. Being prepared can help you handle incidents discreetly and efficiently, minimising stress and discomfort.
  • Diet and Fluid Management:

    Adjust your diet to exclude bladder irritants such as caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods. Incorporate more fibre to prevent constipation, which can exacerbate incontinence. Manage fluid intake to avoid being overly full or too dehydrated.
  • Scheduled Voiding:

    Creating a bathroom schedule can help train your bladder and lessen accidents. Aiming to void every two to three hours is a common practice.

  • Pelvic Floor Exercises:

    Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles through Kegel style exercises can significantly enhance bladder control, benefiting individuals dealing with incontinence. While we recommend you seeking advice from a pelvic physiotherapist first, you can also view our pelvic floor video series here for an understanding of what exercises you might be instructed to do.

Step 3. Implement Lifestyle Adjustments

Lifestyle changes play a critical role in managing incontinence:

Step 4. Utilise Appropriate Incontinence Products

Selecting suitable incontinence products is key. Options such as absorbent underwear, pads, or catheters can provide security and comfort, enabling you to enjoy everyday activities without worry.

Our selection of Dailee pull-ups and slips offers a dependable choice with high absorbency levels and reliable leakage barriers!

These products feature active odour-locking technology, providing up to 12 hours of protection, ensuring that any unwanted smells are effectively neutralised for lasting peace of mind and comfort.

Step 5. Emotional Support and Education

Addressing the emotional effects of incontinence is crucial. Seek support from groups, engage in counselling, and keep yourself educated about your condition. Informing yourself and others helps demystify incontinence and reduce any associated stigma.

Though sudden onset incontinence presents challenges, a thoughtfully crafted action plan can empower you to manage symptoms effectively and maintain a fulfilling life. Remember, you're not alone—many resources and supportive communities are available for you. If you wish to seek more personalised advice, please don’t hesitate to contact your regular healthcare professional.

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