Monday, December 1, 2014

Dealing with Incontinence in Public Places

The possibility of suffering from incontinence in public is a terrifying prospect.Unfortunately a stark reality for many individuals today. Adopting some simple strategies can help avoid accidents and deal with them when they occur.

What Causes Incontinence?

The inability to control the bladder or bowels often comes from specific medical conditions which weaken the muscles that control the urethra and anus. Simply stems from a decrease in tone due to the aging process or obesity. Urinary incontinence often comes with menopause, and is also seen in many patients who are taking muscle relaxants, heart medications, and high blood pressure pills.

What Can I do to Help Avoid Accidents?

When incontinence in public becomes a concern, a few steps can help individuals to decrease the probability of accidents away from home including:

  • Avoiding drinks with alcohol, caffeine and carbonation
  • Limiting corn syrup and artificial sweeteners
  • Monitoring the intake of highly acidic foods

Dealing With Accidents Away from Home

Fortunately, many products are currently on the market today that help individuals who are suffering from a loss of bladder or bowel control. Disposable adult briefs work well to catch urine and feces and have been streamlined to be virtually unnoticeable under clothing. It is wise to gather items to create a discreet kit that can help individuals who may potentially suffer from a bladder or bowel accident in public. A complete kit can be a tote, backpack or other bag and should include:

  • A complete change of clothing
  • At least three disposable briefs
  • Disposable wipes
  • A supply of plastic bags for trash and soiled clothing
  • Hand sanitizer


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