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Monday, July 20, 2009 G.M., Community Member, asks

Q: What health and safety issues come from wearing adult diapers?

My daughter is 36 years old and can't bear weight, walk or stand. When she was 5 years old she would tell me she wanted to use the toilet so I and everyone who's taken care of her has put her on a toilet when she asked. We used diapers at night and when we were traveling. Now, she is in an adult home for people with disabilities and their rule is that they won't lift over 50 pounds so she is reduced to using diapers all day long. Workers there have consoled her with it's O.K. and not to be embarrassed and that it's not being like a baby. So she doesn't mind a bit to wet and then they change her pretty soon after. It seems to me that it is more a matter of company policies and convenience for staff rather than being for the good of my daughter who is mentally young, and has cerebral palsey too. It seems a shame to make a person who can tell you when they need to go, wet themselves. My question is: Is there any health and saftey issues that come from wearing these adult diapers, asside from skin breakdown?

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James, Community Member
11/ 2/10 10:28am

I think there should be at least one change during the mid-morning hours and again during the mid-afternoon hours followed by a nightly routine. It goes without saying, staying as clean as possible is required. A wet diaper is easier to deal with than a soiled one, the soiled one needing changes as soon as possible. Good common sense is always needed and required.

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SHILOH, Community Member
7/21/09 7:50am

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS ARE COMMON ESPECAILLY IN WOMEN BECASUED OF THE SHORTENED URETHRA. NOT TO MENTION SKIN BREAK DOWN IF LEFT UNATTENDED. BECASUE OF THE AMMONIA CONTENT OF URINE AND COMPLACENCY WHEN WEARING ADULT DIAPERS, SKIN NEEDS TO BE MONITERED CAREFULLY FOR BREAK DOWN. EVENTUALLY, THERE IS A HUGE ODOR BECAUSE THE SKIN IS NOT ALLOWED TO BREATHE AND THE SKIN WILL TAKE ON THE ODOR OF THE URINE.

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allen54, Community Member
9/26/10 5:36pm

I've worn diapers for 40 plus years and only had a rash about ounce a year

that they can clear up in a couple of days. Cloth diapers at night and disposable during the day time and don't have aproblem with skin break down

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Linda, Community Member
11/ 1/10 9:45pm

I'm disabled and in a long term care home. I have been bowel & bladder incontinent for a long time. The main issue is comon sense. Change and clean frequently. I have had many rashes & UTIs . Yeast infections. One thing that helped me out. Was My husband and Myself convincing My caregivers to make sure I'm changed and cleaned at some point in the night. If You are put into a overnight diaper at 8:00 and not changed until 6 or 7 the next morning. Thats a long time in a wet diaper. Often my bowels release in the night and I'll get a rash or worse if I'm not cleaned up withing a couple hours.  So a couple times in the night My nurse will check in on Me.

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Andrei, Community Member
12/19/10 5:15pm

 The most important thing to remember is keeping her clean and in a fresh diaper as soon as possible.

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Joy, Community Member
7/ 3/13 4:05am
There Is one that I hate, your daughter could get an infection in her overies when she gets her period & can cause the most horrible pain you could think of...it happened to me & I rember waking up screaming in pain. I got swollen flopenin tubes & I was worried, the Dr told me what happened and wearing diapers was not a good idea. "Sorry for spelling errors" Reply
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By G.M., Community Member— Last Modified: 07/03/13, First Published: 07/20/09