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Dealing with urinary and/or bowel incontinence issues is not an easy feat. This is why a variety of products were introduced to make the incontinence patient’s life easier. While Incontinence pants and pads are very useful in absorbing accidental urine loss while the patient is out and about, Incontinence bed pads are essentials if the patient wets the bed at night. An absorbent bed pad protects the mattress from being soiled and keeps the patient dry and comfortable.

Incontinence Bed Pads and Your Social life.
Believe it or not, incontinence bed pads may just be the product for you if you want to maintain the quality of your social life. Many night-time incontinence sufferers become reclusive, withdrawing from their partners,  family and friends because they are worried about the after effects of their ‘little night problem’.

Nothing is more embarrassing than waking up to a soiled smelly mattress. A bed pad can put an end to your worry because its absorbent material keeps the wetness safely locked away from you and your mattress.

You can even take bed pads with you during your holidays or sleepovers and not have to worry about a thing. Washable Bed Pad

Choosing  The right Incontinence Bed Pads.
Good quality reusable bed pads can withstand repeated washings. Many care facilities use washable or reusable pads made of polyester-cotton or Dacron (Terylene) to cut down costs of wetness protection. These materials are cheaper and easy to wash and sanitise. Another advantage is that they render the bed pad light in weight. Incontinence patients with allergic tendencies are also better served by these synthetic materials because they are hypoallergenic. Cotton is a natural fibre that is highly absorbent and comfortable.  Yet,  cotton, a material more expensive than its synthetic counterparts,  is also known for its heaviness which makes it not practical for long-term use.

Leak guard panels are an important feature in choosing a good bed pad. Bed-ridden patients suffering from a more severe type of urinary incontinence lose more urine at night and need maximum absorption with stitched-through leak channels. The stitches contain the liquid within its leak site and prevent over-all soaking. The stitches will also prevent the pad filling from clumping and the bed pad from losing its form.

Disposable bed pads are convenient for out-of-town travels. They are made of plastic and synthetic fibrefill and cost more than the reusable kind. High quality waterproof bed pads protect not only the mattress but also the patient from dander, bed bugs, dust mites and other allergens. The surface absorbs not only liquid excreta but also the person’s body heat, locking it at the bottom layer, thus, keeping the skin dry. The washable reusable type is a good choice if the budget is tight.

Caring for Incontinence Bed Pads.
Reusable bed pads soiled with faecal matter must be washed separately with warm water, detergent and a bleaching agent to sterilise the fabric. Sanitising is very important to prevent faecal bacterial growth. Throw disposables away in proper disposal bins. Read product label for instructions on how to dispose of the used product. Contaminated used pads are detrimental to people’s health and should be disposed of properly.

Ordering Incontinence Bed Pads
Many cheap incontinence products are of low quality; one must learn to choose where and how to buy economical yet good quality bed pads. Some brands cost a little higher than the others do but the features offered may be worth the extra cost. It is important to weigh the benefits against the cost to get the real value of the purchase. Many incontinence product companies have online stores and anybody could purchase their specific needs from the comfort of their own homes and delivered to their doorstep discreetly.

In ordering incontinence bed pads from online websites, it is very important to check the legitimacy of the site, ordering instructions, payment schemes and delivery status. Correct specifications of the orders such as size of the pads, thickness, design, kind of materials and quantity help avoid delays and rejected deliveries. Some companies do not accept returns and some do not shoulder the return freight cost, therefore, be specific with your orders and instructions to avoid unnecessary delays and extra expenses.

Every person on earth needs a good night’s sleep to rest the body and mind after a long day of being on their feet. The body at rest is a body under repair; when the tissues regenerate and the blood pressure slows down to give the heart a chance to rest. The muscles at rest repair itself and the blood cells reproduce to serve the different organs of the body the next day. Sleep is such an integral part of living therefore it should be given due importance and to achieve a deep, restful sleep one must lie on a comfortable bed.

For the people who value their health above all, investing in a good mattress is the most practical thing to do. A good mattress that makes a comfortable bed doesn’t come cheap but durability and functionality makes it cheaper in the long run. For the people who cannot afford to buy a bed with an expensive mattress, they can make use of multi-functional mattress pads for added comfort. Protection and proper care should be given to prolong the mattress’ service life. In choosing a good mattress protection one must keep in mind the following features:

Waterproof

This feature is very important especially for people suffering from nocturnal enuresis or bedwetting. Persons suffering from urinary incontinence need a waterproof mattress protection under the regular bed sheet to keep the mattress dry at all times. There are mattress protection pads made of water-resistant materials that are a combination of 100% cotton lining in different thread counts and polyester fiberfill or vinyl mesh. These mattress tops are specially designed to absorb leaks and repel stains at the same time giving the incontinence patient the best possible care that the family can give.

Hypo-allergenic

Some people are allergic to down or other synthetic materials. Fabrics made of natural materials like cotton with tightly woven threads are the best choice for a sensitive person. Anti-bacterial tops are best for children or the bed-ridden patient. Dust mites, pet dander and other allergens that can be found on the mattress are repelled by the top layer from touching the person in bed.

Ergonomic Design

For people who are suffering from arthritis and back pains, there are mattress toppers that are ergonomically designed to ease the pain and discomfort of the patient.  Some designs are patterned to conform to the body’s curves. There are mattress tops that are made of latex or memory foam designed to relieve pain of the pressure points and provide warmth during cold weather.

Comfortable Add-ons

Mattress tops should be a comfortable add-on to give the mattress a more comfortable feel. Made of either real or synthetic feather fill and stitched-through to provide even filling and prevent bunching. Stretched corners are designed for tight fitting even for deep mattresses to prevent the sheet from crimping and pinching. Skirting provides aesthetic taste to the otherwise plain mattress top sheet.

Washable/Reusable

Mattress covers that are washable and reusable are a great saving. With the rising cost of everything, consumers are always on the lookout for ways to save money even on necessities. If the family has an incontinent member, it is practical and economical to invest in washable mattress protection covers that can withstand repeated washings. Find a tightly woven fabric made from natural materials with a high thread count to ensure strength and durability. Stain-resistant, machine-washable, quick-drying and odour-repellant are just a few of the qualities one should also consider in choosing washable waterproof mattress protection covers.

Good mattress covers can be purchased together with the mattress. Most mattress protection sheets are sold with a warranty of up to 10 years giving the consumers more value for their money. A good investment needs a good amount of money, time and effort but the returns are going to be more than your money’s worth. Don’t skimp on your loved ones’ needs, because they deserve to have the best.

Sleeping is the ultimate form of relaxation and you get a more restful sleep if you have a good mattress to sleep on. But truth is, a good mattress is an expensive investment and as much as possible, you have to take care of your investment so that you will get your money’s worth in the long term. In order to prevent stains and damages to your mattress, it is best if you get mattress protection. Mattress protection products can help protect the top layer of your mattress from spills and stains as well as protect the inner layers since they generally keep the wetness away.

When you first buy your mattress, sales persons will often emphasize the warranty your mattress has. The warranty can range from a 5-year guarantee to a lifetime guarantee, but you should know that these types of warranty doesn’t cover spills and wear and tear due to external factors other than the normal ones a mattress is usually subjected to. Therefore, it is very important to invest in mattress protection to lengthen the life of your investment.

The truth of the matter is that a lot of people forego mattress protection because no one really returns a worn out mattress. However, the mere fact that your mattress can be subjected to spillage and other stains is reason enough to get mattress protection. This is also true for people suffering with incontinence. Because incontinence is caused by an involuntary action of the bladder, it is unavoidable for the incontinent to leak on the mattress. This is where mattress protection comes in.

With mattress protection, wetness is kept away from the mattress. In managing incontinence, the typical mattress protection used is a waterproofed one which acts as a barrier to keep urine away from the mattress’s fabric. This protection can be in the form of a fitted sheet or a wide protector that completely goes on top of the mattress. If you know someone who is suffering from incontinence, you can always suggest mattress protection as an added arrangement to their sleeping habits. This will help them preserve their investment on a good mattress for restful sleep and for sure, they will thank you for it.

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