Announcing NAFC's New Dry Night Solution Kit: A Treatment Option For Adult Bedwetters

We are thrilled to announce a new offering from NAFC, in partnership with HDIS, for the many adults who struggle with bedwetting.

Over 5,000,000 American adults of all ages experience bedwetting.  This problem can be isolating and embarrassing, and can lead to many frustrated mornings.  Many people with this condition keep it a secret, and struggle with finding the right products or solutions to help them. Fortunately, there’s no reason why anyone should have to wake up wet.  

The new NAFC Dry Night Solution Kit provides education and customized products to fit your specific needs.  When you sign up to get your kit, you’ll get immediate access to educational brochures chock full of great info on what causes bedwetting and what you can do about it.  You’ll also receive a number to call, where you’ll have the chance to speak with a qualified professional who will assemble a custom kit full of products that will help you wake up dry.  

Kits are available for a limited time.  To learn more about the kit, and to order yours, click here.  You’ll then receive an email with access to digital bedwetting brochures, and a phone number and promotion code to use to get your Dry Night Solution Kit.  

Order your kit today!  

Will Herbal Remedies Help My OAB Symptoms?

Herbal Remedies For Overactive Bladder

Herbal Remedies For Overactive Bladder

Thinking about trying to treat your overactive bladder with an herbal concoction?  Many think that an herbal treatment may be more natural than medication, but be careful – herbal remedies do not go through the same rigorous testing and approval process with the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) as approved medications do.  This means that while some herbs may be effective, they can also be dangerous, and many have side effects that could counteract your efforts. 

Read this roundup of 5 popular herbs used to treat overactive bladder, and talk with your doctor before starting any treatment.  

The Newest Products For Incontinence: Our Wish List This Year

Pericoach System

While the holidays are generally a time for giving, there’s no reason you can’t treat yourself to something new this season – especially if it helps you manage your incontinence.  So do yourself a favor and take a peak at some of our favorite products to hit the shelves recently.

PeriCoach™

The PeriCoach™ System is a personalized device, web portal, and smart phone app for pelvic floor muscle training. Designed for home use, it is the first system that includes a device, an app providing instruction and real-time feedback and a connection that enables patient management by clinicians remotely. We love this product for its ease of use and the ability to see your results and improvements in your own home.

Carin Incontinence Underwear

Developed by LifeSense, the Carin Incontinence Underwear combines smart textile technology that protects the wearer from any leaks and odors.  Carin combines a miniature sensor and mobile app that together track urine loss related to specific activities.  Based on your results, the program then provides you with a personalized training program of pelvic floor exercises.  Plus, these undies are super attractive!

Impressa® Bladder Supports

This new product from Poise is designed for women to temporarily manage Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), and helps stop leaks before they happen.  Impressa® Bladder Supports are available over the counter and are inserted into the vagina like a tampon to gently lift and give support to the urethra, which helps prevent urine from leaking.  Impressa® Bladder Supports come in various sizes so you may need to experiment a bit to find the size that works best for you.

Just For Men Variety Pack

If you are a man who is just starting to experience incontinence, or haven’t yet found a product that you feel comfortable with, this pack is for you.  Just For Men Variety Pack from HDIS gives you 2 samples of 5 different types of absorbent products which allows you to find the one that best fits your individual needs, without heavily investing in a full box of each product.

Just Go Girl™ Athletic Leak Pads

These pads were designed with the active women in mind.  Customers rave about Just Go Girl’s™ absorbent, lightweight and comfortable design.  The pad is very absorbent for moderate protection, yet isn’t visible under tight fitting workout clothes, which makes it a great choice for those who experience slight leakage while working out.

Do you have a favorite product you use for incontinence management?  Share it with us in the comments below!

Clean & Odor Free

Staying Clean And Odor Free When You Have Incontinence

People with bladder control problems are often concerned about odor. Advertisements on television and in magazines remind us not to offend others with “unpleasant” odors. Concerns about how we are perceived by others when sitting in church or standing in the supermarket checkout line is natural, and people with bladder control problems need to pay attention to deodorizing their skin and urinary products.

What causes urine to smell bad?

Normal urine does not necessarily have a foul smell. Many people with bladder control problems limit the amount of fluids they drink in hopes of reducing troublesome leakage. This causes the urine to become highly concentrated. It will appear dark yellow and have a bad odor.

You can prevent your urine from having an unpleasant odor by drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Diluted, uninfected urine does not have a strong or unpleasant odor. Infection is also a cause of foul-smelling urine. If a strong or foul-smelling odor exists, contact your physician for diagnosis and treatment of a possible urinary tract infection. If an infection goes untreated, it can sometimes damage the kidneys.

There are other causes of odor in the urine. Some foods, beverages, and medications affect the smell of urine. This depends on each person’s body chemistry but everyone seems to identify asparagus and coffee as producing a stronger, more distinct odor.

Some medications may also change the way your urine smells or looks, so be sure to talk to your pharmacist if you are taking a new medicine and note a difference in the way your urine looks or smells.

What can I do about it?

Internal deodorant tablets such as Derifil® or Nullo® have proven useful to many incontinent people. The deodorizing tablets are taken by mouth, and the manufacturers’ instructions advise that it takes time (2 to 14 days) to get satisfactory results.

Vitamin C is another effective urine deodorizer. Speak to your healthcare professional about this; it might not be good for you to take vitamin C because of other medical conditions you have or other medicines you are taking. You should not substitute the vitamin C in tablets with vitamin C in citrus fruits and juices. Citrus fruits and juices may cause your urine to be irritating to your bladder and may cause a bad odor in the urine too.

If you have a normal, healthy bladder and no problems with frequency or pain before or during urination, good juices for you to drink are cranberry, cherry, apple, pear nectar, and other non-citrus juices. Non-carbonated water is always best.

To keep urine acidic and naturally reduce odor, drinking cranberry juice (6 to 8 ounces a day) may be helpful. If you are diabetic or overweight, be careful! Cranberry juice is high in sugar. Look for a low-calorie cranberry drink.

How do I control odors?

The best way to control odors is a combination of good hygiene and the use of commercially-prepared cleansers and deodorants. Overall body cleanliness and the use of fresh, clean undergarments daily are essential. After voiding or having bowel movements, wipe from front to back. Clean the area after each pad or appliance change with a gentle cleanser — rinsing and drying thoroughly.

If the skin is dry or reddened, a moisturizing cream may be used. For further skin protection, a protective ointment (not urine soluble) may be applied to the skin as a final step. Keeping skin, appliances, and pads clean and frequently washed or changed is the best guarantee against odor.

What if I wear incontinence products?

When you buy disposable absorbent products, read the package to see if there is an odor-reducing material in the pad or garment. This should not be a perfume but rather a material that actually prevents odor from forming. If you are wearing absorbent products or collection devices, there are several important steps you should take to guard against odor.

First of all, the urine and stool must be contained. Adult briefs and pads should be worn close to the body. A properly fitted adult brief or a pad held in place by a stretch mesh brief or an incontinence pant will insure that you are not offensive to anyone nearby. Urine collection devices, such as a condom catheter, external pouch, or leg bag, should be leakproof and air tight.

All reusable parts should be disinfected regularly with a commercial cleaner or with a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water. Bleach is harsh and, though it kills bacteria, it does not dissolve urine crystals the way vinegar and commercial cleansers do. It’s best to clean appliances the way the manufacturer recommends.

Always dispose of products in an airtight container. When traveling or sharing a house with others, dispose of each incontinence garment in a plastic bag with a zip-style seal.

How can I get rid of odor?

When stool or urine gets on your bed linens or clothing, wash them immediately. If you depend on a helper to do your wash or to take you to a laundromat, store the soiled items in an airtight container.

Baking soda or white vinegar added to the wash water may eliminate odor in clothes and linens. Use one or the other, not a combination of the two. If you are using white vinegar in the wash water, follow it with one or two cold water rinses.

Clothing made of 100% polyester may have to be thrown away, because it is difficult to get the smell out of this fabric.

The air around you also deserves attention. Use an air freshener that neutralizes odors, not one that leaves a strong smell of perfume. Potpourri and incense, available in grocery stores, drug stores, and card shops, will keep your house smelling fresh.

Sometimes people are not aware that an odor is present. If you are incontinent, find someone you trust to tell you honestly if there is any odor anywhere.