Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool and Dry When Wearing Breathable Adult Diapers

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Wearing the right breathable, super-absorbent incontinence supplies can have many benefits. Products that allow the skin to breathe can reduce pressure sores, skin irritation and keep users cooler. Adding barrier creams and 'no water needed' cleansing creams can also aid in maintaining skin health, according to Orlando Medical News

Super-absorbent incontinence products are also important in getting enough rest and sleeping through the night. Sleep helps with cell regeneration, tissue healing, hormone regulation and more. That's why having the right adult diaper or pull-on can keep someone drier longer so they can get much-needed sleep.

Premium incontinence products, like those offered by NorthShore Care Supply, can also help to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, or UTIs. A high-quality product offers a special absorbent core that locks in urine while decreasing bacterial growth and requiring fewer changes. And fewer changes can result in financial savings, resulting in a win-win situation all around. 

Plastic-Backed vs. Cloth-Like Adult Briefs & Pull-Ons

Adult diapers come in two popular styles - fitted brief and pull-up style - as well as two styles for the backsheet material, plastic-backed and cloth-like. A cloth-like back sheet helps the skin breathe while a plastic backsheet helps contain odors.

Both are effective in addressing incontinence, but typically briefs with breathable back sheets will help keep the skin cooler than plastic-backed adult diapers. The breathable zones on the products are typically on the side panels, tab areas as well as on the front and back of the product.

Whichever option you chose, we recommend you pay close attention to the fit and absorbent capcity the product offers. Breathable briefs and pull-ons may be better options during high temperatures or for people managing skin conditions. We will review our top breathable products to help keep you or a loved one cooler and protected.

Breathable Adult Diapers & Underwear

NorthShore Supreme Lite Briefs are a great plastic-backed option for summer; they are 20% less bulky than the Supreme Briefs but offer up to 6 hours of protection for bladder and bowel leaks.

The NorthShore AirPremium Briefs are are ideal for individuals managing moderate urinary incontinence. Their soft, rustle-free backsheet offers a discreet fit. Tall leak guards near the leg areas prevent leaks for added security for restless side sleepers.

NorthShore AirPremium Briefs

The NorthShore GoSupreme Lite Pull-Up Style Underwear offers high-absorbency protection without the bulk. Offering a comfortable form-fitting waistband, absorbent core and improved leg elastics, these underwear are great for active individuals managing moderate urine leaks.

Tips for Staying Cool & Dry

1. Wear Comfortable Clothing

It is best to wear clothing made of cotton or linen to increase breathability and airflow. Loose-fitting and lightweight joggers, sweatpants, capris, shorts, dresses or skirts are advised. Avoid tight-fitting clothes that can stick to the skin with an increase in activities.

2. Use Personal Care Items

Skin health is essential when wearing adult diapers and skincare products can help keep skin integrity. Moisture barrier ointments and wipes help maintain freshness on-the-go or at home. Perspiration and smells can be distressing, so personal care products are handy in freshening up after a change or in between activities. Discreet disposal bags are also helpful when discarding soiled materials.
NorthShore Supreme Quilted Wipes

3. Use Breathable Disposable Underpads

If you experience moderate to severe incontinence, consider using disposable bed pads with briefs and pull-ons for an added barrier and protection. Those like NorthShore MagicSorb Air are breathable yet absorbent pads which promote airflow effectively. Offered in larger sizes, these underpads offer more coverage while keeping the user cool and dry.
NorthShore MagicSorb Air Underpads

4. Bring a Towel 

You do not have to be heading to the beach to keep a small- to medium-sized towel close by to help cleanse and cool off. If a cleanser is not available, use water for a quick wipe down. 

5. Pack a Gym/Beach Bag

Use an easy-to-clean bag to carry extra supplies, underwear, pads or liners. Use the lightest incontinence supplies possible while getting the protection needed.

6. Stay Hydrated

Keep a water bottle nearby. Water helps not only with hydration and skin health but also helps control urine odors.

Those managing incontinence can enjoy all summer has to offer by using products offering quality protection and comfortable fit. Products including leg gathers, cloth-like material and less bulk can help individuals enjoy the outdoors without the worry of leaks. NorthShore's breathable adult diapers offer protection with comfort in mind.

Browse Incontinence Supplies or call (800) 563-0161 for one-on-one assistance and recommendations.