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5 Tips for Changing Incontinence Pads

Let's find out how often incontinence pads should be changed each day and how to manage changing pads to increase comfort

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5 Tips for Changing Incontinence Pads
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Managing continence can be challenging for both the impacted individual and carers alike. However, with careful planning and the right continence management products, daily life can be simplified, with complete confidence to live each day to the fullest. Good quality incontinence pads allow you to worry less and go about your day with ease.

One of the most common questions we get from our customers is: "How often incontinence pads should be changed each day and how to manage changing pads to increase comfort?"

Here are our top 5 tips, which will help you to find an answer to this question.

1. Keeps supplies close at hand

The last thing you want to be worrying about when leaving home is whether you’ll have enough pads to see you through the day. By packing a bag with the supplies you need, you can benefit from the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve always got spare supplies on hand.

Consider packing more continence management products than you’ll need, so you’ve got backups, as well as wipes, a plastic bag (in case you need to store any soiled pants) and spare underwear.

2. Consider your schedule

On average, a person's bladder can hold 300–400 mL's of urine during the day and 500–800 mL's at night so most experts usually recommend to change incontinence pads every 4-6 hours. They should always be changed when wet, as wearing them any longer can contribute to odours and increase the risk of skin conditions, such as irritation, chafing and IAD (Incontinence-associated dermatitis).

By considering your daily movements and schedule, you can look for opportunities to change your pads at a time that suits you best. Certain incontinence pads or incontinence pants are designed for higher absorbency and overnight use, making it easier to navigate a full night of sleep for both individuals with incontinence and their carers alike.

3. Make sure you’re using the right products

Ill-fitting pads, uncomfortable products, or products that don’t have the right amount of absorbency can cause ongoing problems throughout daily use. By finding the right shape and size of continence management products, you can greatly simplify the process of continence management.

ConfidenceClub’s It Fits Or It’s Free guarantee removes the expense of purchasing multiple pairs of ill-fitting continence management products. With individualised customer care teams providing expert advice on the right products for your continence management needs, you’ll have the full peace of mind that comes with our money-back guarantee, should your purchase not suit your needs.

4. Communicate with your friends and family members

By confiding in your close friends and family members, you can remove some of the problems that may come with changing pads. This can be done discreetly, even in public, but it’s common for those you spend your time with to be aware of your continence management needs.

This can remove the pressure that comes with trying to do this in a timely manner. Practically, it also helps in ensuring any venues chosen for socialisation have easy access to bathrooms for changing purposes.

5. Embrace your everyday life

With the right continence management products on hand, there’s no reason those living with incontinence shouldn’t live their lives to the full. Practice changing continence management products in a safe and secure environment, mastering the changing process at home before taking it into the outside world. Once you’ve got this process down, embrace your everyday life by taking your supplies on the road, knowing your incontinence needs are covered as you move about your day.

ConfidenceClub makes it easy for millions of Britons of all ages to live their life with confidence. Find out more about why so many people choose our products here.