If you a carer looking after someone with incontinence, it can have its challenges. Keeping this in mind we have developed continence care tips to help you look after those with urinary incontinence.

1. Make sure that the person requiring care has a healthy lifestyle

Nutrition is vital factor for your overall health. Quitting smoking reduces greatly your chances of developing cancers. We also recommend drinking plenty of water and cut down on alcohol and caffeine, which decrease the bladders capacity. Visit a Physiotherapist who can demonstrate the correct pelvic floor exercises.

2. Choose the right products for your continence care

Using the correct incontinence aids will help lessen the clean-up required when giving incontinence care. If the person is incontinent they should not use feminine hygiene products as they do not have the absorbent capacity for the amount of fluid that they need to absorb. Ensure you use specifically designed incontinence aids, for night-time we recommend a product that has maximum absorption and is also breathable. This will help the user get a sound night’s sleep.
There are many choices when it comes to incontinence products selection and it can be confusing. If you require any support or help choosing the correct iD product contact us on 1300 788 872 or go to our website www.ontexhealthcare.com.au

3. Look after your own wellbeing as a carer

As a carer, it is vital you take care of your own wellbeing. Your role is demanding providing continence care, especially if you are caring for loved ones. Take time to distress, eat a healthy balanced diet and seek out support groups for carers.

4. Practice safe hygiene

Wear personal protective equipment this includes gloves. Gloves should be worn when dealing with used incontinence aids and practice the five moments of hand hygiene. This is especially important today with the Covid pandemic. Please ensure you dispose of the incontinence aids and gloves appropriately (in sanitary bins, do not flush them down the toilet).

5. Continence Care - Help is at hand

It is not unusual for people to be resistant to receiving help about their incontinence issues. People with incontinence can feel embarrassed so it is important be mindful of this. Ensure they are using the correct product for their needs. iD have a range of products suitable for all level of incontinence from light to heavy which are all dermatologically tested. Click here to view the iD full range and enhance the continence care for your patient.

iD also provides free samples which can be delivered to you in discreet packaging to your home or clinic. Click here to order free online samples. Carers or Health Care Professionals can order on behalf of their clients.

 

 

Have you woken up in mornings to your child saying sorry for wetting their bed and pyjamas? You and your child should be comforted that help is available and the good news is they may grow out of it.

What is Nocturnal Enuresis?
Nocturnal enuresis is the involuntary urination while asleep, also known as bedwetting. Enuresis is the loss of bladder control in younger children and teenagers. At age 3, night-time bedwetting is considered normal. The majority of children gain control of their bladder fully . If your child does experience bed wetting regularly from ages 5 to 7 years we recommend you seek professional advice and see your Doctor.

Statistics on enuresis
• In Australia one in five children wet their beds.
• Boys are more likely to experience bladder weakness more than girls (60% compared to 40%)
• Children who wet the bed can experience feelings of embarrassment that can lead to low self-esteem.

First Steps
Seek out advice on enuresis in children, what are the causes, symptoms and treatments. You can find out more on enuresis, causes and treatments from this article.

Struggles of Children with Enuresis
Children who experience bladder weakness may feel loss of self–esteem, embarrassment and even denial. The child may withdraw themselves and have less interaction with parents or peers.

What Causes Enuresis?
There are many factors which include: over active or under active bladder, feeling anxious, stress, urinary infections and family history. It is important to note that enuresis is treatable.

How Can You Help Your Child?
As a parent, we recommend you talk to your child so that they understand that they can learn bladder control and motivate them to do so until they recover.

Steps To Help Your Child
• Reinforce toileting during the day and before bed time
• Use a bed wetting reward chart – refer to iD Comfy Junior The Parents Guide
• Buy and make healthy foods
• Limit dairy, sweet and salty foods especially around dinner time

To Help Manage Bed Wetting Accidents Use iD Comfy Junior and Kylie For Kids Washable Mattress Protection
Bladder training can take two to three months to be successful. We recommend during this period, to use iD Comfy Junior pants and new Kylie for Kids Washable Mattress Protection to help set up your child for success. iD Comfy Junior range of pants and slips covers different age groups. The pants have a soft side panel, elastic underwear feel and a urine absorbing zone, with a stripy colour design. The slip is a great solution covering waist sizes from 40cm to 70cm.

To order your free sample go to https://www.ontexhealthcare.com.au/request-a-sample/.

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What is Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting)
https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/nocturnal-enuresis-(bedwetting)
One in Five Kids wet their beds
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iii) Bedwetting Facts
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iv) Bladder Training
https://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/bladder-training-techniques#1

You have a few leaks a day, but never lose control of your bladder? You have an active social life, but sometimes need to find a bathroom – and fast – in social situations? You love trying new foods, but you fear what effect they will have on your bladder?

If these descriptions sound like you, then you probably have light-to-moderate bladder weakness. Having light-to-moderate bladder weakness presents a unique challenge: adaptation. Unlike with severe bladder weakness you can live your life as normal, making small accommodations for mild urges and occasional leaks. But where and how do you make those accommodations? Read on for some solutions and advice for living with bladder weakness.

When at work or at home…

DO engage in daily exercise. Bladder weakness make normal aerobic exercise, like running, more difficult that normal. However, leaks and urges shouldn’t drive you to abandon exercise entirely: there are many activities – like yoga and swimming – that can help you stay active without putting strain on your bladder . Pelvic floor exercises, like Kegels, also work to strengthen the pelvic floor and reduce urges over time.

DON’T forget to track your symptoms

Bladder weakness sometimes takes the backburner to a busy schedule. But as with any medical condition, monitoring helps you understand your symptoms, communicate with healthcare professionals, and choose products. Keep a voiding diary in your desk or purse, or try a bladder tracking app like Vesica or Bladder Pal.

When socializing…

DO choose bladder-friendly foods and drinks. Social occasions invite people to indulge in fizzy drinks, spicy snacks, and creamy desserts, all of which spell trouble for bladder weakness. Fizzy beverages and spicy food irritate the bladder, while dairy-laden treats contribute to constipation. Meanwhile, caffeine and alcohol are also known bladder irritants. Stick to non-alcoholic, non-carbonated beverages, as well as these alternatives to coffee and these bladder-friendly foods.

DON’T forget to talk to your doctor

Many people who have bladder weakness feel embarrassed about talking about their condition with their doctor. However, mild-to-moderate bladder weakness may have an underlying cause, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), diabetes, or a kidney infection . Talking to a doctor will also help you develop the best plan for living with bladder weakness, from choosing products to selecting medications.

When traveling or out and about…

DO remember your medicine. If bladder weakness becomes too bothersome, doctors may prescribe medicine. Remember to take your prescription as-prescribed even with an irregular schedule: it will keep urges at-bay, put less leaks in your day, and make it easier to make the most of your leisure time. Set a reminder on your phone or watch to take your medicine, and always keep your medications in an easily-accessible place.

DON’T use female sanitary towels for bladder weakness

If you have ever run out of pads on a trip or a fun night out, you know how tempting it is to turn to female sanitary towels for protection against leaks. However, while sanitary towels are absorbent, they are designed to hold thicker liquid than urine. Sanitary towels also don’t neutralize acid like absorbent pads, which could lead to skin irritation . Bladder weakness products are engineered to absorb maximum amounts of liquid, as well as protect the skin. Remember to pack extras before your next outing!

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It’s not just the beginning of another work week, but the beginning of leaks, urges, and trips to the bathroom that keep you from performing your best. Bladder weakness affects all sorts of individuals, most of whom are of working age. Below you will find life hacks for conquering bladder weakness in different work environments, and tips that can be used in daily life.

Sedentary Jobs: Focus on Health

Stay Hydrated

Keep Active

Travel-Heavy Jobs: Plan, Pack, and Prepare

Always Pack the Essentials

Jobs With Irregular Schedules: Work With What You Have

If Possible, Make a Routine

Involve Your Boss

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Do you have light-to-moderate bladder weakness? Do your clothes suddenly feel too snug or too revealing? Does going for a jog make you more anxious than excited? Are you suddenly less-than-thrilled at the thought of going out with your friends and family? No worries – you’re not going crazy. You are one among the millions of people learning to deal with bladder weakness in daily life. Read on for the latest life hacks for getting dressed, going out, and managing your bladder weakness as discreetly as possible.

Get Comfy

• Stay away from tight jeans, as well as low-rise trousers. Low-rise pants put pressure on the bladder, which can make urges worse and more frequent. Furthermore, a 2012 survey suggests that the long-term wear of tight jeans can exacerbate or lead to bladder weakness . On your quest to conquer bladder weakness, look for clothing that gives your bladder more room to breathe.
• Look for high-rise leggings and trousers. High-waisted bottoms support the pelvic floor muscles and compress the abdomen, which may actually reduce urges in people with bladder weakness . High-rise trousers also put less pressure on the bladder, which makes them an excellent choice overall.
• Consider adaptive clothing, especially if you have other special needs. As the name suggests, adaptive clothing adapts to the wearer’s needs . For individuals with bladder weakness, brands like Tommy Hilfiger and 4Ward Clothing make comfortable, stylish pants designed for stress-free dressing and easy removal.

Get Sneaky

• Choose products that look and feel like normal underwear. Whether you use pads or absorbent underwear for bladder weakness, products that blend seamlessly with your underwear will always prevail. Try iD Light or iD for Men for discreet protection against minor leaks. If you have heavier bladder weakness, or if you prefer using absorbent underwear, look to iD Pants a perfect combination of cotton-like comfortable feel and maximum absorbency power.
• Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing. Dark patterns help camouflage the outline of pads and absorbent underwear, as well as conceal stains in the event of leaks . Loose-fitting clothing puts less pressure on the bladder, which in turn reduces urges and leaks. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with some wide-legged slacks, and you certainly can’t go wrong with a little black dress.
• Have a special place to keep your incontinence pads. Transporting bladder weakness products can be a challenge, especially if you are not used to carrying a bag or purse. Makeup bags and pencil pouches are inexpensive fixes for concealing pads, while a designated pocket in a purse, messenger bag, or cross-body bag works to keep absorbent underwear from view.

Get Active

• Take part in bladder-friendly exercise. Cycling lifts the chest, making for a cardio workout that keeps pressure off the bladder. Swimming and yoga also reduce bladder pressure by lengthening the spine . Yoga has shown to have lasting benefits, as well: a 2018 survey suggests that yoga may reduce bladder weakness symptoms over time .
• Practice pelvic floor exercises. When done regularly, pelvic floor exercises reduce urges and leaks, as well as increase endurance in higher-impact exercises. You can do Kegels – one of the most popular remedies for bladder weakness –wherever you go!
• Steadily increase the amount of high-impact exercise in your workout routine. While high-impact exercise becomes more difficult with bladder weakness, it certainly isn’t impossible. Practice breath training to get back in the swing of weightlifting or use Nordic walking to ease into running.

Handling bladder weakness takes time, especially in day-to-day activities. At iD, we work tirelessly to help you adjust as smoothly as possible. Check out our product range to find affordable, discreet solutions that will help you look, feel and perform your best. Unsure of what works best for you? Check out this article and use our product finder to find your perfect match!

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Urinary Incontinence (UI) affects more than 423 million people worldwide. That’s 8.7% of the world’s population. Among those diagnosed with UI, almost half over the age of 65 depend on the care of others at home or in a nursing home.

Urinary incontinence is a symptom of other health conditions, many of which are physical. Although certain neurological disorders – such as dementia – can also contribute to UI, mental health is often overlooked when providing care.

Supporting mental health in someone with urinary incontinence requires identifying symptoms of psychological distress and taking steps to reduce it when possible. Lowering someone’s mental illness symptoms usually entails providing emotional support, but it also involves knowing what products – such as clothing, bedding, and incontinence pads – will help your patient live a fulfilling life.

How Does Urinary Incontinence Affect Mental Health?

Urinary incontinence is a life-changing diagnosis that involves significant re-adaptation to one’s surroundings. These changes may result in feelings of stigma, frustration, and shame, as well as feelings of anxiety and depression.

Not all individuals with urinary incontinence are aware of how severely a new diagnosis can affect their mental state. In fact, over half of all urinary incontinence patients do not seek mental healthcare, despite reporting symptoms of mental distress. As the partner or caregiver of someone with urinary incontinence, look for the following mental health symptoms:

Decreased Interest in Exercise or Sports

Individuals with urinary incontinence tend to become less physically active, primarily due to a fear of others discovering their condition. Other factors include concerns about bladder leakage and the need to find a bathroom . A sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity and type II diabetes, especially in elderly people. Furthermore, giving up an exercise hobby or sport may contribute to psychological distress in once-active urinary incontinence patients.

Reduced Intake of Foods or Liquids

People with urinary incontinence may decrease the amount of foods they eat or liquids they drink in an attempt to make their bladder leakage less noticeable or more manageable . However, decreased fluid intake can lead to constipation and urinary tract infections.

Decreased Interest in Social Outings

The potential for leaks and smell leaves many urinary incontinence patients and caregivers homebound. Travel is also a concern for people with urinary incontinence, due to uncertainty of whether toilets will be accessible at travel destinations or on public transport. Decreased social interaction may contribute to symptoms of anxiety and depression in both parties.

Increased Irritability and Anger

Urinary incontinence patients may become irritable and angry due to a perceived inability to master their urinary incontinence, or from the negative impact that urinary incontinence has on their lives. Anger may be the product of lack of sleep, a lack of social interaction, or feelings of shame.

These are four of the most common ways in which urinary incontinence patients express mental distress. However, psychological upset may present itself in a variety of ways. If you observe behaviors that seem maladaptive or out of the ordinary, consult a professional.

How Can Caregivers Support Mental Health in Urinary Incontinence Patients?

As a caregiver, supporting your patients’ mental health is as important as supporting their physical health. Here are some ways to support your patient’s mental well-being:

• Support them in engaging in light to moderate physical activity for at least an hour per day. Suggest going to the park, going shopping, or even going to the gym.
• Encourage them to get enough fluids. The recommended intake is 1.5 to 2 liters per day.
• Tell them the importance of maintaining contact with their friends and loved ones. Assist them in organizing small social gatherings, as well as attending interest-group meetings with like-minded individuals.
• Ask them about their levels of frustration or anger, especially following a new diagnosis. Remain available to help them in their adjustment to a life with urinary incontinence .

Other Supports for Urinary Incontinence Patients

Being diagnosed with urinary incontinence means re-adjusting to life, but that adjustment doesn’t have to be difficult. A waterproof mattress cover, as well as easy-to-remove clothing, are inexpensive solutions for avoiding unwanted leaks and making toilet trips less urgent. The result can be less sleep interruptions, as well as reduced feelings of anxiety in social situations.

Your choice of incontinence pad also matters. Discreet packaging, odor control, and compact design all make it easier for you and your patient to manage urinary incontinence at home and in public. iD incontinence pads meets these criteria. Coming in many sizes and absorbencies, they allow any and all people with urinary incontinence to discreetly manage their condition.

As caregivers, we deal with the day-to-day difficulties when it comes to providing adequate care to a patient or a family member that we must take care of. Carrying out this task properly for a bedridden or a patient with restricted mobility, regardless of their age, implies certain difficulties. There are daily basic needs that must be met: personal care, home care and our physical and emotional health. If we are also caregivers at home or in the place of residence of the dependent, instead of in an institution specially prepared for it, it may be even more complicated.

It must be kept in mind that the person we care for and who is dependent needs help to clean themselves, get out of bed, eat, etc., and sometimes those needs overlap or even cancel those of the caregiver. Because of this we as caregivers need to be very patient, be able to listen and try to understand the situation of the person for whom we are responsible, without neglecting the individual needs so as not to run the risk of suffering the Burn-Out Syndrome.

It is good to prepare a list of tasks, create a schedule and of course seek help not to overload and rest. The level of disability must also be weighed since some people need minimal assistance, such as accompanying them on some trips, while others require full and constant assistance. Once the level of disability has been identified, we must bear in mind that there are fundamental points such as:

Hygiene

The health conditions and the cleansing of the skin are indirectly related to each other. Body cleansing in general is important from a hygienic and aesthetic point of view. Therefore, a good daily cleaning is essential to avoid complications caused by spending a lot of time in the same position or by the lack of hygiene in certain parts of the body. There are products available to perform the daily cleaning that will facilitate this work.

Another factor to keep in mind is to maintain privacy during hygiene time. It is necessary to go little by little and dry and cover the areas that we have already washed so that the patient does not stay cold and feel more comfortable. It is also advisable to clean from front to back, starting with the feet and taking the time necessary to not forget any area of ​​the body. If the patient is in a wheelchair, we can transfer them to chairs especially designed for the shower or specific seats to be able to shower the patient easily or even, that he can do it himself.

It is vital for any patient, not only the dependent patient, to maintain a good grooming and to dress appropriately, since proper hygiene positively affects self-esteem.

A good diet

We must ensure that meals contain all types of food necessary for proper nutrition. This does not mean eating much but offering the right amount that the person in our care needs. Try to create an appropriate menu with the help of a specialist. If the patient has problems swallowing or chewing we should try to give him crushed and light foods and place the person in an upright posture (as long as he can tolerate it) to facilitate the intake. It is also important to maintain a good hydration by offering water regularly.

Manage medication correctly

First of all, we must know the medications that we manage and create a schedule of shots. We need to take into account the importance of the patient being awake and in a position to be able to take the medication in case it is administered orally. The dosage indicated by the doctor or pharmacist is of vital importance and you have to follow their guidelines, given that some medications can interfere with a negative effect with others that you are already taking.

Keep in mind that these tips are merely indicative but you should consult a healthcare professional so they can give you the necessary guidelines and perform the proper care. We love to help you to care!

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that gradually destroys the dopamine neurons of the brain's dark substance. Dopamine is a chemical that transmits signals to the part of the brain that controls movement. When there is a loss of dopamine in the brain, it cannot co-ordinate with the rest of the body.

The 3 major symptoms

Parkinson's disease does not reach people in the same way, here are the 3 major symptoms:

- Tremors: It happens at rest and often only concerns a part of the body.

- The slowness of movement: This occurs in difficult moments for the person, to perform different movements that requires the co-ordination of several members such as walking.

- Stiffness in the muscles: This is induced by excessive tension in the muscles. This can lead to muscle or tendon pain in the person. It contributes to the difficulties of movements.

Beyond these 3 symptoms, there are other possible motor disorders such as balance disorders, trampling or swallowing disorders. Non-motor problems can also be diseases related to the illness such as fatigue, daytime sleepiness, digestive or urinary disorders.

The different stages of Parkinson's disease

There are 4 stages sign of the progression of the disease.

Step 1:

The symptoms begin to appear, but it can be difficult to make the diagnosis if they are not the characteristic of the disease or sufficiently pronounced.

This is a complicated time for the person who must accept being sick and suffering from an evolving and degenerative disease.

Step 2:

This step may seem paradoxical. On the one hand the person started their treatment, which they must take at fixed times several times a day. This involves reorganising one's life according to the disease and accepting these changes. On the other hand, the treatment that acts on dopamine can make the person feel better.

Step 3:

At this point, the person begins to become dependent and may need help. Daily tasks become very difficult for the person to handle. In fact, the person will alternate the periods when the drugs will take effect by reducing the disorders and the periods when the treatment will not be sufficiently effective and the symptoms will be able to resurface in a disabling manner. At this point, the person begins to become dependent and may need help. Daily tasks become very difficult for the person to handle.

Step 4:

It is the most advanced stage of Parkinson's disease because the patient can suffer from falls, loss of balance, disorders of swallowing, and it could be suffered daily. We can also see vegetative disorders as well as behavioural changes. The care will require adaptations at home, environment and daily life.

A glance at alternative treatments for Parkinson's disease:

- Eat foods high in fiber to avoid digestive disorders such as constipation.

- Ask your doctor for a guide to simple exercises and easy to do regularly.

- A therapeutic massage can help relax your muscles.

- Other therapies may include yoga or meditation.

We recommend that you consult your doctor for more information and advice before starting any exercise or diet plan.

Urinary tract infection is one of the most common types of infection. This infection is usually caused by a bacterium called E. coli that is present in the digestive system and finds its way into the urinary system. For the women, this type of infection is more troublesome and more frequent because of the smaller size of their urethra compared to men; which implies that bacteria like E.Coli should not travel very far to reach the bladder.

This type of infection is a seasonal problem also - urinary tract infections are more common in summer. Regarding this, a number of factors favour the appearance of bacteria and, consequently, of urinary tract infections. The causes are varied - the lack of hydration, an increase in the frequency of sexual intercourse, tighter underwear.

Here are some tips to enjoy the summer safely without anything stopping you:

1. Be hydrated and drink water: it prevents the accumulation of germs in the urinary tract, eliminating them in the urine.

2. Avoid underwear and swimsuits too tight: by ensuring adequate perspiration of the female intimate area, you will also avoid vaginal infections.

3. Good hygiene: take a shower with fresh water after a swim in the sea or in a pool to avoid irritation by salt, sand or chlorine. After using the toilet, wash from front to back to prevent bladder infection.

4. Keep the genital area dry: in summer, women spend a lot of free time on the beach or in the pool, so it is common to keep a wet swimsuit for hours. Humidity in the vaginal area favours the appearance of infections. It is therefore advisable to always wear a dry swimsuit (do not keep it wet for more than 30 minutes) and to have clean underwear to change.

5. Urinate after sexual intercourse: during intercourse, bacteria in the genital area can enter and accumulate in the urethra, which can lead to infection of the bladder. Therefore, the specialists insist on the importance of urinating right after. In addition, doctors point out that, unlike men, female ejaculation does not occur through the urethra, so the only way to drag and expel all the substances or particles that are introduced during penetration, is by urination It is therefore advisable to urinate, preferably within 45 minutes after penetration.

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Let's face it: urinary incontinence is still a taboo. The recognition of the disease is not easy, and that is why there have always been myths about the pathology. To banish these legends we have decided to comment on some of the most common.

It is said that urinary incontinence is typical of the elderly. Although it is true that as we get older, its incidence increases, it is not the only condition for it to happen. Incontinence can also appear after a birth, a surgery and even bad urinary habits. For example, not going to the bathroom when we need to urinate can promote incontinence. The musculature can be weakened, in fact, if this process repeats itself repeatedly over time, and may eventually lead to problems in initiating urination or even in slight losses.

Another widely spread myth is that drinking less liquid prevents incontinence. Again, this statement is not correct, since in fact, this could cause the urine to become more concentrated causing irritation in the bladder and, consequently, a greater frequency of visits to the bathroom. A good hydration is essential.

But the myths do not end here. It is usually taken for granted that urinary incontinence only affects women, but it is something that affects both men and women. In men it can happen because of the natural weakening of the muscles that surround the urethra. But, above all, it is related to prostate problems, although it can appear after surgeries.

That urinary incontinence has no solution is another of the statements that are often made false. There are methods to alleviate and minimize their effects, such as medical treatments (either through medications or surgery) or through something more traditional such as pelvic floor physiotherapy. Also moderate certain foods of our usual diet such as exciting drinks, alcohol, chocolate, spicy, etc., can help us improve in this regard. In any case, the assessment must always be carried out by a specialist.

Given the lack of knowledge, it is believed that feminine hygiene products also serve for the loss of urine. Again uncertain, because they are not designed or thought to contain the amount of fluid that urination supposes. The output speed of the urine is much faster than the menstruation and the liquid can filter quickly. Incontinence products are specifically designed to contain large amounts of liquids and are made of materials that, in addition to absorbing quickly, retain fluids and have antibacterial capabilities.

The taboo of incontinence leads many times to believe that sexual relations are impossible, but it is not a physical problem, but a mental one. Here the problem affects any age range, since the loss can occur during the relationship - due to the pressure exerted on the bladder - or at the end due to the uncontrolled spasms that occur in it. But the losses do not make it impossible to have good sexual health at all.

In any case, we recommend that you consult with your doctor to guide you and help you find the best solution.

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