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9 Tips For Dealing With Incontinence

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Do You Suffer With Incontinence?

Many people in the later stages of life suffer from some form of incontinence. As a senior with incontinence, the first thing for you to know is that it’s normal. Many of your friends have the same condition, and it’s not something you should be losing sleep over.

What is incontinence?

There are several main types of light incontinence. Here’s a quick overview of each type so that you can see if any sound familiar.

  • Bedwetting: Bedwetting is night-time incontinence and it usually occurs while the person is sleeping. Bedwetting is sometimes an indication of constipation.
  • Stress Incontinence: This is when pressure on the bladder causes leakage. The stress on the bladder can be the result of a sneeze, cough, exercise, or lifting something heavy. Sometimes, stress incontinence is a symptom of obesity.
  • Urge Incontinence: Some people suddenly find themselves with a desperate need to get to the bathroom now. This can sometimes be due to an injury of nerve or muscles there. Other times, it’s due to a medical condition. Alternatively, some people are born with urge incontinence; it’s how their body was created.
  • Functional incontinence: This is incontinence due to other factors, such as clothes that are difficult to pull down, or limited mobility which makes it difficult to reach the toilet on time.
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There’s no need to get tense and uncomfortable and fret about awkward situations; there are many products available these days which can help you manage your incontinence. Diapers, liners, guards, and other items can help you go about your day with confidence and a relaxed stride.

How Common is Incontinence?

According to statistics from Web MD, 50 percent of older Americans are incontinent. To help these millions of people, we’ve put together a real, practical, and easy-to-follow guide with tips for dealing with incontinence.

Do You Have Incontinence? Don’t let it ruin your life!

Some people have Crohn’s Disease, some have diabetes, and others have incontinence. It’s normal. Of course, it may take time to get used to, but even with incontinence, you can take charge. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Wear the right clothing

Wear the right clothing that is easy to take off, so that you won’t waste valuable time trying to get it off. Silvert’s offers dignified feminine incontinent clothing that is ever so easy to undress. Check out Silvert’s large selection of women’s incontinence clothing. Browse through the wide range of collection of shoes, pants, skirts, nightgowns, pajamas and capes that are all conducive for easy dressing and undressing.

Quit smoking

Yes, if you’re smoking, you’ve probably heard this a million times; about how terrible it is for your lungs. And all that’s true. But smoking isn’t only bad for your lungs; it increases incontinence.

How Does Smoking and Incontinence Go Hand in Hand?

You know how smoking sometimes makes you break into a coughing fit? Well, coughing puts a serious strain on your pelvic muscles, and strained, stretched out pelvic muscles are a cause of incontinence.

Start wearing incontinence pads

Incontinence pads are like period pads but can hold more water. Many women wear incontinence pads, since they are compact and discreet. You’d never believe who’s wearing one, and no one will ever guess you’re wearing one.

Do You Exercise Daily?

Some exercises, such as sit-ups, strain your pelvic muscles, and shouldn’t be done. Exercises that you will want to do are those that strengthen your pelvic floor, such as Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises are also known as pelvic floor muscle training, since that’s exactly what they do.

Eat and drink carefully

Think before you eat. Chocolate and citrus are irritating for your bladder, and vegetables and other foods high in fiber are good for you. Fish is another great choice. When it comes to drinks, caffeine is a bladder irritant and should be avoided when possible. Drinks containing caffeine include tea, energy drinks, hot chocolate, and, of course, soda.

Stay hydrated

Sometimes, after bladder leakage has occurred, the person cuts down on liquid intake. In fact, drinking less makes the situation worse, because it makes your bladder shrink so that it’s not able to hold as much liquid anymore. Keep away from alcohol, which increases urine production, and makes you need the bathroom.

How Much Should I Drink a Day?

Unless advised otherwise by a licensed medical professional, drink 6-8 cups of water a day.

Drink water with intervals

It’s important to drink 6-8 cups of water a day, but it doesn’t have to be all at once. Sip a little here and a little there. This will keep you hydrated but still prevent your bladder from getting overfilled. Limit drinking after 6 PM. This can prevent nighttime voiding.

Set a schedule

Setting the schedule will help you use the bathroom before the urge occurs. If you know you usually need to go every 2 and a half hours, go every 2 hours. When you go to the bathroom, make sure to go all the way. When you’re done, stay on the toilet for another half a minute to make sure.

Final Words

Speak to a medical professional. If incontinence is bothering you, your doctor may know of some tips for you. He can also provide you with medication that can alleviate symptoms of incontinence. But be careful, don’t push yourself too much to go; you don’t want to aggravate your bladder.

What is the Most Important Factor When it Comes to Incontinence?

The most important thing is to remember that incontinence, whether it’s mild lack of bladder control or complete incontinence, is okay. If you’re older, with more life experience, then it’s likely that more than half of your friends are probably incontinent, too, so it’s really nothing to be embarrassed about! Never let those little leaks take over your life.

Becca Kaye is a Content Writer at AvaCare Medical.


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