Who should wear absorbent briefs?
Someone who has a caregiver to help them
Someone with heavy incontinence or bowel incontinence concerns
Those with low mobility or who are bedridden
Adult Briefs with tabs absorb incontinence because of polymers (tiny absorbent beads) stored in the core of the brief. Polymers soak up moisture and turn it into a gel, leaving your skin dry. Some polymers are even pH balanced to counteract the ammonia in urine—that way, they guard against
How to put an adult brief on yourself
1. Create the shape of regular underwear by fastening the
2. Step into the diaper like you would regular underwear, pulling it up your legs
3. Refasten the tabs until they are snug
How to put disposable briefs on someone else
1. Rest your loved one on their side
2. Slide the incontinence brief from front to back, between the legs (it can help to rest a towel between their
3. Spread out the back of the brief so that it covers the buttocks
4. Gently roll them onto their back
5. Lift the front panel over the belly
6. Fasten the tabs across the hips and onto the front panel, one at a time, ensuring the fit is snug but not too tight
7. Make any adjustments
What features exist?
If an adult brief has “refastenable tabs” that means the tabs that fasten to the front panel can be unstuck and restuck to ensure a snug fit. This is especially useful for caregivers
If the description says the brief has “strong tabs” or “sturdy tabs,” that means they’re less likely to rip.
If a description says the brief has “stretchy tabs,” that means the tabs will likely be more comfortable and secure
Amount of tabs
briefswith tabs have two tabs on each side, and some have one. In general, four-tab briefs are sturdier, while two-tab briefs are easier to put on.
Leg gathers are strips of fabric that attach to the brief's leg holes and provide an extra layer of protection when wearing adult briefs.
If a brief features a “high-rise fit” or “full-rise fit,” it
sitsup higher on the back and belly than others—these are great for bariatric users or anyone that wants to haveextra security.
- Cloth-backed are soft, breathable, and don’t make noise, so they’re more discreet. Since harmful vapors from incontinence can escape, these tend to be better for your skin.
Plastic-backed products aresometimes assumed to be more absorbent, but they can actually be harmful to the skin. Harmful vapors are trapped against the skin, leading to damage and breakdown.
- Wetness indicators Wetness indicators are color-changing strips of fabric that help caregivers know when the diaper has reached capacity, so they know it’s time for a change
What are the different types of adult diapers?
For loved ones that experience incontinence throughout the night, overnight briefs with tabs
Plus-sized diapers with tabs
Also called “bariatric briefs with tabs,” these are ideal for anyone
How do I choose?
- Decide if you need a specialized product, like a bariatric brief with tabs
- Think about which features
- Determine what absorbency you’re looking for. For occasional voids, a lighter absorbency should do the trick, but for large voids or overnight protection, look for something heavier.
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