Monday, October 11, 2010
Bedwetting is a common problem that many children and teenagers deal with on a nightly basis. There are a number of products out there that parents can use to help the youngster stay dry at night and eliminate the need for laundering wet bedding and clothing. Most parents might not be aware of the full range of nighttime garments available to manage this issue and the purpose of this article is to talk about the different brands of diapers that are available for older children and teenagers with bedwetting problems. In addition these brands are also suitable for adults that wet the bed.
First off I'd like to get a bit of terminology out of the way. One of the most popular styles of incontinence garments marketed for heavy forms of incontinence are “disposable briefs” more commonly known as “adult diapers.” “Adult diapers”, just like the name sounds, have the same fit and design as baby diapers such as Pampers, Luvs, and Huggies - they have tapes for fastening the garments, elastic leg gathers to prevent leaks, a waterproof outer layer made of plastic or non woven cloth, and many have elastic waistbands which are also designed to prevent leaks. The only difference is that they are designed to fit older children, teenagers, and adults.
One of the most popular brands of garments for older bedwetting children ,and the ones that many parents use, are “Goodnites” . These are an underwear style of garment that pulls on instead of being taped on like a disposable brief. “Goodnites” were introduced in the marketplace in 1994. It was thought that because the garments looked like regular underwear it would be less embarrassing for an older child or teenager to wear to bed, as opposed to wearing a diaper. While these garments do work for some children and teenagers, other children and teenagers have had problems with leaking through the products, thereby soaking their bed. In a situation such as this , a parent may want to consider purchasing disposable briefs. In general, disposable briefs tend to be the most effective type of garments available to manage heavy forms of incontinence such as bedwetting. If your child or teen loses large volumes of urine at night and/or wets multiple times during the night, disposable briefs are an option to consider for managing the youngster's bedwetting. The next few sections talk about several brands of disposable briefs suitable for managing bedwetting and where to purchase them.
Finding a suitable product to manage your child or teenager's bedwetting is a matter of trial and error for some folks. Some companies offer sample packs of briefs. It's good to take advantage of these offers so you can see if the product is effective at managing the bedwetting before spending money on a package or case of briefs. If you are considering trying a certain brand of disposable briefs and a sample pack is not available, your best bet is to purchase a pack of briefs instead of a whole case. There are incontinence forums that discuss various topics related to incontinence including questions about incontinence garments - if you're unsure about a particular brand of diapers you can post to see if anybody has used that product and what their experiences have been with it. Most of the brands of disposable briefs out there have waist ranges for children and teenagers ages 9 through 18 years old. There are some brands of briefs that may fit children as young as 7.
At this point I'd like to list some companies that carry disposable briefs available to manage bedwetting with older children and teenagers. The first company is XP Medical ( This company has been around since 2003 and is run by an incontinent individual so you know you can get reliable information about incontinence garments because he's been "in the trenches." XP Medical sells the following disposable briefs which should fit children ages 9 and older. Some 7 or 8 year old children may also fit into these briefs: Molicare Slip Maxi Brief, Molicare Slip Super Plus Briefs, Seni Quatro, the iD Slip PE (plastic backed) Briefs, the Abena Abri-Form Premium X-Plus Briefs and ConfiDry 24/7 Maximum Absorbency Briefs. As far as the ConfiDry 24/7 briefs are concerned, in the adult diaper reviews section of the website, it is mentioned that the ConfiDry 24/7 briefs has a capacity of 95 ounces making it the most absorbent diaper they've tested - here's a quote from the website regarding this diaper: "The new Dry 24/7 is now made in the USA, and still claims the title of "most absorbent adult diaper". 95 ounces is unmatched by any product we have ever tested (and we test a lot). This incredible absorbency combined with low press out make a great all around performer." So, if you have a child or teenager that loses a lot of urine at night you may want to consider giving this product a try. XP Medical has a sizing guide so you can make sure you get a correct waist and hip measurement before purchasing briefs.
A second company selling incontinence garments is NorthShore care supply NorthShore care also sells the ConfiDry 24/7 briefs as well as the Wellness Briefs Superio Signature and Wellness Briefs Original which are two highly rated briefs for overnight use. In addition to selling disposable briefs the company sells diaper liners for added absorbency, skin care products, wipes, disposable and reusable underpads, diaper liners, as well as other incontinence products.
Another company selling incontinence products is L.L. Medico. L.L. Medico sells a disposable brief called BetterDry. These are maximum absorbency overnight briefs. The sizing starts at medium which fits waist ranges from 29 inches to 43 inches. These briefs should fit a large size older child (12 to 14 years old) and teenagers. According to the L.L. Medico website "these briefs hold up to 148 oz's of liquid!"
The last company I'd like to talk about is HDIS ( HDIS stands for Home Delivery Incontinence Supplies and has been around since 1986. HDIS has a brief variety pack with tape tabs for $9.95 which is a great way to sample various disposable briefs in order to determine which brief or briefs work best for your child or teenager. As with NorthSure care supply listed above HDIS also sells skin care products, underpads, diaper liners, as well as other incontinence supplies.
Finally, I'd like to mention one other disposable brief suitable for older kids that wet the bed - the Abena Abri-Form Junior brief. According to the McKesson website Abena Abri-Form junior size briefs are "Disposable diapers for teenagers and children, designed specifically to fit juniors between 5-15 years that suffer from quick and uncontrolled urination." These briefs are available from several places online.
I hope this information helps those parents who may be having a difficult time finding a suitable product to manage their youngster's bedwetting.