Urinary incontinence affects nearly 1 in 10 seniors over age 65. It can be difficult to live with, however, proper healthcare items like diapers and pads can make living with incontinence a breeze.
What Is Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence occurs when the muscles in the bladder involuntarily relax, causing a loss of control of urine flow. This can occur in small leaks or an uncontrollable flow. Incontinence is often a symptom that occurs as a result of another medical condition. That is why it is important to see a doctor so that you will understand what is causing your incontinence.
Causes of Incontinence
Incontinence can be a temporary problem caused by a urinary tract infection or the side effect of certain kinds of medication. It can also be a chronic problem that will require the regular use of diapers. Here is a list of some more common causes of incontinence in adults:
- Active bladder muscles
- Weak pelvic floor muscles
- An enlarged prostate in men, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- Nerve damage to the bladder
- Chronic bladder inflammation, or interstitial cystitis
- A disability that restricts mobility making it difficult to get to the toilet when necessary
- After effects of a surgery
There are several types of urinary incontinence but the most common types are stress incontinence and overactive bladder. Stress incontinence occurs when there is a leakage of urine from the bladder due to increased pressure or involuntary muscle contractions on the bladder. This can happen as a result of exercise, lifting, coughing, sneezing, or laughing. This mostly happens to women who are of childbearing age. It is possible to experience urinary incontinence during and after pregnancy. Other women may experience urinary incontinence during menopause due to the weakening of the bladder and other muscles that control urine leakage.
What About Overactive Bladder?
Urge incontinence is often referred to as overactive bladder. This happens when the person is unable to use their muscles to control the flow of urine before they can make it to a restroom. This is common in stroke patients as well as people who are living with chronic diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
Incontinence in Children
Sometimes children and young adults are in need of support for urinary incontinence past the age of three when many children are becoming potty trained. There are many reasons why children would be in need of diapers to support their urinary incontinence:
- Behavioral challenges and poor habits. This may include not using the bathroom when needed, poor habits when it comes to going to the bathroom on their own, pain when urinating due to a urinary tract infection, attention deficit disorder, psychological and/or emotional distress.
- Problems with the urinary tract. Some children are born with defects in the urinary tract that make toilet training a challenge, if not impossible.
- Health challenges involving the urinary tract. It is possible for some children to experience tumors or other traumas that can occur as a result of surgery that will make it necessary to buy diapers on a regular basis.
- Dysfunction of the central nervous system. This can include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other issues involving the spinal cord, brain, and nerves that affect the bladder.
- Kidney and endocrine disorders. Diseases like diabetes and chronic kidney disease may cause problems with holding urine at will.
- Infections that occur in the urinary tract. This can include urinary tract infections, pinworms, urethritis, and other foreign bodies that can block the urinary tract.
- Stress incontinence. Involuntary loss of urine that is caused by sneezing, laughing or coughing may require the purchase of diapers.
Many of the same symptoms of urinary incontinence can occur in children as it does in adults. However, many parents will notice that their child has a need to void their bladder immediately as opposed to having a waiting time before getting to a restroom. Other children may also experience pain in the back area, blood in the urine, or frequent urinary tract infections.
Types of Incontinence in Children
There are several different types of incontinence in children that a parent can keep an eye out for. This can include the following:
- Daytime wetting. This can be as simple as small urine leaks during the day, or even waiting until well in the afternoon to soak their undergarments after holding their urine all day.
- Giggle incontinence. This occurs when the bladder is completely emptied after laughing.
- Urge syndrome. A child with urge syndrome has to empty their bladder as much as seven times per day and may have mildly wet undergarments.
Some children are not able to control their urination at night while sleeping. This tends to become a medical concern after the age of 5.
Diapers for Urinary Incontinence
Adult and child sized diapers can be useful for people living with urinary incontinence. They can come as an absorbent pad that can be added to your undergarments. They can also be an undergarment in and of itself that is worn discreetly under your clothing. For those who experience light leakage, you can purchase pantiliners at your own discretion.
Aeroflow Healthcare offers diapers for adults as well as for pediatric patients. Diapers can be purchased via cash, or you can qualify through insurance for your supplies. Aeroflow also works with Medicaid to provide diapers to adults and pediatric patients.
Many of our customers find that ordering through our website turns something that may feel like an embarrassment into a much more empowering experience. This is due to your ability to make an order for diapers discreetly at home via the internet or phone. You do not have to make a trip to a pharmacy or medical supply store to get what you need.
We also sell some of the most popular brands available, including:
- Adult Simplicity
- And many others!
Incontinence Supplies through Aeroflow
Not only can you receive discreet shipments of diapers or incontinence pads to your door, you can also order incontinence supplies needed to support your urinary health including changing gloves, wipes, bed pads and chux.
Adults and children may be in need of support when it comes to urinary incontinence. That is why it is great to know that Aeroflow Healthcare makes it possible to order diapers and other support items needed to help you get back to living an active a life. Whether you are looking for pantiliners, pads, or pull-on undergarments, we can help you decide what items you need to get you through the experience. We want to ensure that as many people are able to access the best diapers and supplies when it comes to dealing with urinary incontinence.
If you have any questions about ordering incontinence supplies or qualifying through your insurance, give us a call today, or visit our incontinence website to learn more!