Senior woman with relative having coffeeSelecting the best Incontinence Bed Pads

When was the last time you had a good night's sleep? Did you know that on average people spend about 25 years of their life sleeping? Incontinence bed pads or disposable underpads/chux are products that are used during the night as well as during the day for individuals managing incontinence as a form of additional protection for their sheets. How do you find the best incontinence bed pad for your lifestyle? Find out how much absorbency you need, measure your mattress and decide what material you prefer to use are just a couple of ways to find the best bed pad. 

If you are looking for a new bed pad and are confused on how to pick the right one, let us help you with some tips below. 

5 Ways to Select the Best Incontinence Bed Pads for Your Lifestyle

1. Decide if you prefer a washable or disposable bed pad – This depends on your specific situation, the type of incontinence you’re managing, and your personal preference. Some people use both types, some use one or the other.

Washable bed pads - Contain liquid with waterproof backing. Usually a cotton/poly blend material. Soft quilted top layer. 

Pros -Long lasting (usually these pads last over 200 washings), better for the environment, usually more absorbent than disposable, more secure under individual. 

Cons – Depending on the brand of underpad, it may be hot to sleep on.

Disposable underpads/chux - Polymers absorb liquid into waterproof backing. 

Pros - More hygienic, soiled pads can be tossed away easily right in the trash. 

Cons – Not the best for the environment, does not always stay in place below the user. 

2. Absorbency needed - If you notice you’re leaking a rather large amount while using your most absorbent undergarment, then we recommend getting the most absorbent washable bed pads or the most absorbent disposable underpads there is. The more protection you have, the less likely your sheets will get soiled. If you feel like your output isn't as heavy then you can start off with a moderate level bed pad/underpad. 

3. Measure the width of your mattress -  You want to select the correct size for your bed so measure your mattress first. The queen size is a common size if mattress. The dimensions of a queen mattress are 60 inches wide and 80 inches long. You may be asking yourself, “What extra-large washable bed pad can I use for a queen mattress?”

If you want the most coverage for a queen mattress, then use the number that corresponds to the width of your mattress, in this case the 60 inches. Find a bed pad that as close to that number. A recommended washable underpad for a queen size mattress would be the NorthShore Champion extra-large bed pad (XXL size) which measures at 36 inches long by 60 inches wide. 

Hospital beds or twin size mattresses are narrower in width. A standard size for hospital beds is 38 inches wide by 75 inches long. We recommend the Champion Tuckable Washable Underpad for this size of the mattress. The tuckable side panels fit perfectly for twin size or hospital mattresses. For the disposable option, you can also use the NorthShore Premium Tuckable Underpad

4. Type of bed– If you’re using a low air loss therapy mattress (air therapy bed), then you’ll want to use a disposable air-flow underpad that will keep moisture away from the body. 

5. Skin health – If you’re experiencing bed sores, pressure sores or any other skin conditions, then we recommend using a breathable disposable underpad with a breathable back sheet that will help keep the skin protected. The NorthShore MagicSorb Air is a great option that is ideal for those with allergies and skin sensitivities. 

Finding a bed pad or underpad can be difficult and overwhelming. If you know what key features to ask yourself you can narrow down your choices. Are you looking for a washable or disposable underpad? How much leakage do you need to contain? What size is your mattress? Ask yourself these questions, write them down and you'll be able to find your top selections. Feel free to contact a care expert if you need assistance.

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