Incontinence Carers The story of Clara

The story of Clara

There are small attentions which can make the difference for every incontinent person.

"The use of a good diaper or pad is only the starting point for managing incontinence: there are in fact some precautions that can prevent irritation and redness."

In my experience I have dealt with people of all ages, with more or less serious incontinence problems: for everyone, however, the same basic rules are valid.

These suggestions are often underestimated by those who are independent and suffer from mild incontinence, because they do not perceive the importance of proper intimate hygiene, even when they are not wearing a "diaper".
It is not just a matter of washing more often, but of changing habits: paradoxically, excess hygiene can be harmful, because we risk weakening the outermost layer of the skin, which serves to protect it.

Bear in mind that the areas in contact with urine are likely to get irritated more easily, and should therefore be treated in a specific way: washing each time the pad is changed, choosing products with neutral PH (sometimes, in an attempt to "cover" smells, my patients use perfumed detergents, which risk making the situation worse), and perfectly drying the area before wearing a new item.

As a further precaution, I always use moisturising creams or antiseptic creams and suggest that the pad/diaper should be changed often and, in any case, whenever it is wet.

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