The holiday season is the perfect time to relax, catch up with family, and, of course, enjoy delicious food. However, any fun and exciting family occasion can be a little difficult, especially when having to spend several nights away from home. How do you discreetly dispose of incontinence products? Or, how do you avoid embarrassment in the event of an emergency?
Fortunately, with the right preventative steps and products, these concerns will no longer come to mind. Whether you yourself deal with incontinence or care for someone who does, you deserve to enjoy a happy holiday season with your family and friends away from home. Here’s how to minimize the difficulty of spending your holiday away from home when dealing with bladder leakage.
Avoid irritating foods and beverages.
Monitoring your diet is the first step in reducing your chances of having an accident. There are several foods and beverages that are known to worsen the effects of incontinence. Some of these items include:
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Tomato-based and spicy foods
- Milk and milk products
Tomato-based and spicy foods, as well as citrus juices and chocolate, can irritate your bladder, causing more frequent or accidental urination. On the other hand, caffeinated drinks, which are diuretics, cause more frequent urination and leakage. Avoiding these foods, and others that assist in worsening incontinence, will help you or a loved one gain more control over your bladder and help to prevent any accidents or leakage from occurring. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself! Instead of coffee or espresso with dessert, opt for decaffeinated tea. Understanding your body’s needs and planning around them is key!
Drink fluids throughout the day, rather than all at once.
Drinking fluids in intervals, such as every 2 to 3 hours, or sipping water throughout the day helps to prevent leakage. Consuming too much at one time overwhelms the bladder, consequently causing more frequent, and often times accidental, urination to occur. However, drinking small amounts throughout the day helps to regulate your bladder and decrease the chances of accidental leakage. It is extremely important to still stay hydrated and drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day to keep the bladder functioning properly and maintain good health, so don’t restrict your water intake. Simply space it out throughout the day.
Avoid drinking fluids 2 hours before bedtime.
This action is rather self-explanatory. Refraining from drinking anything 2 hours before you or a loved one goes to bed drastically decreases the chances of any leakage or accidents from occurring throughout the night. If you struggle with dry-mouth, try a sugar-free lozenge instead of drinking a large glass of water at once. It may even help curb the late-night holiday cravings! Following this step, along with using the restroom right before bed and wearing proper leakage products, should eliminate the fear of having an accident during the night.
Overpack... the essentials!
Having a bag packed with an abundance of incontinence products is a wise step to take when spending the holidays away from home. Along with your daily incontinence products, remember to also pack items that are essential for accidents or emergencies. Your bag should include things like:
- Bed pads
- Daily incontinence products (briefs, underwear, pads, underpads, etc.)
- Products for discreet clean-up, such as flushable wet wipes
- Disposable plastic bags
- Extra changes of clothes
Having your daily products and bed pads can provide you with more comfort, confidence, and security during your trip, while the odor neutralizer spray, plastic bags, and extra changes of clothes are quick solutions for emergency situations. Dark colored clothes in particular work well to hide any visible leaks until you can change. When packing your bag, it is very important to always pack a little extra of everything you need. That way, no frantic trips to the store or calling your pharmacy is needed.
Take incontinence medications.
Fortunately, there are some medications that help ease incontinence, especially for urge incontinence. Before embarking on your trip, talk to your doctor about your options. If recommended, you may be able to begin these medications a couple of days before you will be staying away from home to give them time to take effect.
Talk to the host.
Simply explaining your situation to your host can help to lessen any embarrassment and anxiety. You should not be embarrassed in the first place, as it is a more common occurrence than you may think! Your family and friends should be supportive and may even help you with your supplies in case of an emergency.
Enjoy Your Holiday Plans with Additional Protection and Comfort!
With our Attends and Attends Discreet products, you will be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving without having to worry about the ramifications of incontinence. Our products will keep you completely dry and protected, ensuring maximum protection. Visit Where to Buy Attends Products to find out which local retailer near you carries our products.