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Help a Loved One with Incontinence (Part 2)

Help a Loved One with Incontinence (Part 2)

April 2, 2012

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If you’re reading this, you are being proactive in helping someone you love with the common problem of adult incontinence. Because of the fact it can often be embarrassing and uncomfortable to talk about, you are being extra supportive and helpful in taking steps to learn about this issue and understand what you can do to be of assistance. Today, there are many ways to treat and even cure this problem, so it is vital you recognize the symptoms and learn how to assist your loved one because many people that experience this are too self-conscious to seek help.

Approaching a Loved One about Their Issue
Stressing that this problem is not their fault is the first step in helping them face the truth about their condition. They need to know you understand and want to have a conversation with them to help them, not to make them feel ashamed or self-conscious. Make sure you stay patient and sympathetic by ensuring them you are informed and are truly there because you love them and just want do all that you can to make their life as pleasant as possible. Be sure they know that with both your help and the help of their doctors, simple changes in their lifestyle can drastically help manage their incontinence. Remind them that overactive bladder is a common problem, affecting more than 33 million Americans, a condition more common than diabetes and asthma alone. Reassure them that it is a treatable condition that will be much more tolerable with help, and behavioral and medical therapies.

Always be Ready
Becoming aware of incontinence underwear is one of the first steps to tackling this problem by restoring confidence in your loved one. Many people are embarrassed to wear them so you must stress that they are only worn in case they cannot make it to the bathroom, not because you don’t have confidence in them. Incontinence briefs and incontinence panties makes the problem much more manageable, so it is not a good idea to give them the option to wear it. Put them in the same drawer as their regular underwear and, if you lay out their outfits for them, be sure to out a pair with every outfit in the morning and at night so wearing them becomes part of their daily routine. If you’re leaving the house, learning the locations of restrooms where you’ll be is a great idea. Keep extra absorbent products and wipes in your car and bag in case they are needed when on the go. Another tip to getting your loved one feeling at ease about wearing them is not to call them diapers or incontinence underwear; rather call them new underwear.

Stay Healthy
Keeping a well balanced diet and keeping active for both you and your loved one is extremely important. According to Livestrong.com, there are certain foods that can be beneficial to someone with incontinence. Fiber is beneficial to everyone, but particularly to someone with an overactive bladder because it prevents against constipation, which can strain the pelvic floor muscle and lead to an overactive bladder. Nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables are all high in fiber and contain many other healthy ingredients such and vitamins and minerals. Oatmeal and certain bran cereals are also high in fiber and are a great option for breakfast. You may think that limiting liquids would decrease the frequency of an overactive bladder, but that is not true. Smaller amounts of urine are more concentrated, supporting the development of bacteria, actually causing more frequent urination, according to the National Association for Continence or NAFC. Limiting fluid intake can also lead to constipation. Drinking 8 ounces of water throughout the day is recommended for everyone, including those with incontinence.

Become a Positive Support System
Learning simple steps such as these can beyond doubt alter both of your lives in a positive way. Being encouraging and supportive is the best way to communicate with someone about incontinence, and once they feel confident enough to accept your help, they will be a happier person. Spend some time learning the facts about incontinence and about the different types of products that are made to help at weareverincontinence.com.

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