A lot of focus has been on the embarrassment one feels while wearing adult diapers publicly for the first time. However, there is another important aspect that often gets ignored when we talk about the adult diapers and their desirability. And that is their safety parameters. Although the benefits of adult diapers for incontinence patients are immense, yet are they really safe? Is there any danger from adult diapers to the wearer or the caregiver of an incontinence patient?
First, let’s examine the safety aspect of adult diapers vis-à-vis the incontinence patients. The most obvious danger seems to be the skin infection in the groin and buttock region due to exposure of the sensitive skin to the human waste material. Rashes may occur, especially among the patients with ultra-sensitive skin.
However, the dangers from this problem can be minimized by adopting healthy diaper changing habits. The wearer or the caregiver should make it a point to change the adult diapers as soon as they observe the leakages. In case the leakage is just a few drops, the changing of adult diaper can be postponed till the time of heavy discharge.
The use of antibiotic lotions or powder must be religiously followed for every change of diaper. The commercially available wet cotton wipes can be used to wash the skin around the leakage area and once dried; it should be treated with powder or lotion, before applying the fresh pair of adult diapers.
Having said that, there should be absolutely no doubts regarding the safety of adult diapers. The modern adult diapers have powerful absorbency and the contact of solid or liquid waste with the skin is absolutely minimal.
Now, as far as the caregivers are concerned, adult diapers pose a risk only if they are negligent in adopting healthy diaper changing habits. They will get affected under the following circumstances:
1. Not wearing fresh pair of sterile gloves while changing the diapers.
2. Delay in changing the diapers, which may lead to skin infection in the wearer and exposure to more bacteria to caregiver while changing the adult diapers.
3. Improper disposal of the soiled adult diapers.
4. Exposure of dirt and soil on the caregivers clothing, which are loose fit and pose obvious risk.
By and large, the use of adult diaper is safe for the wearer as well as the caregiver, provided they observe certain precautions and guidelines.