Most people use the measuring guide for adult diapers to find the proper size based on height and weight. This ultimate guide to measuring adult diapers will help you pick the right size every time. This blog covers everything you need to know, including how to measure and determine which size is right for you. But before jumping to the adult diapers sizing guide, let us give you a quick overview of who needs adult diapers.
Who are Adult Diapers Suitable for?
Adult diapers are generally recommended for users with heavy incontinence, for both fecal and urinary incontinence. However, experts recommend adult diapers for those who are immobile or have low mobility. In addition, many caretakers request adult diapers as they are easier to put on users lying down.
Adult diapers are also suitable for users with Nocturnal Enuresis (night incontinence). Overnight adult diapers are made with high absorption capacity.
Simple Steps for Measuring Adult Diapers Correctly
Measure the Hipbone Standing
Most brands categorize their adult diapers according to waist size, making it challenging to choose the best-fitting size. The correct size will depend on your hip bone size and weight.
The widest area that affects how well tab-style adult diapers or pull-on underwear fits is the hip bones, not the waist. The simplest and easiest way is to wrap a measuring tape around the largest region, Snugly but not firmly. Be sure to record this number. The resulting number based on the chart below will determine which size incontinence product is the best size for you.
Measuring Sitting or Lying Down:
Measure the distance from hipbone to hipbone, multiply the result by 2, and add 2 inches. For example, a user with a 38-inch waist would have hips that are 18 inches apart: 18″ x 2 = 36″ Plus 2″ = 38″
You can also look at the standard adult diaper size chart based on waist measurements.
Measuring Leg Size
Ensure the measuring tape is straight and not too tight or loose as you wrap it around the widest portion of your thigh to take this measurement.
Subtract 12 inches (or 30 centimetres) from your thigh measurement to get your leg size. You will then know the minimum leg opening length for your adult diaper. For example, if your thigh measurement is 20 inches (51 centimetres), your leg opening should be at least eight inches (20 centimetres).
Would You Wear It Test
If you’re assessing diaper sizes for adults as a caregiver, take the “Would You Wear It” Test, look at the product after it’s been worn, and respond to the following questions.
- How do the legs fit with the adult diaper?
- How much of one side overlaps the other?
- Does it resemble a set of underwear?
- Is it loose enough?
- Is it too tight?
- Does the adult diaper clump up or move?
Regarding adult diapers and other incontinence products, remember that bigger is not necessarily better; a good fit equals better containment and comfort. We at Gladwell Care provide the leading brands of adult diapers, but even the top brands won’t prevent leaks if you don’t have the right fit. Therefore, the adult diaper’s fit is vital to its absorption and comfort.
Choosing the perfect fit adult diaper can seem challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these simple steps, you can pick a diaper that fits you properly and offers the necessary protection. Just keep in mind to take your time, make any necessary adjustments, and always check for leaks before disposing of a diaper. You’ll be a pro with a bit of practice in no time! Thanks for reading! Until next time!