Bedtime & Toilet Training
Bedtime, Continence Products, Toilet Training
Fledglings has a wide range of product solutions to help families and carers with continence issues and toilet training. Teaching a child to use the toilet can be a difficult task irrespective of additional needs. At Fledglings we provide toilet training products, toilet aids, continence pants, adjustable toilet chairs and more. We also provide bedtime solutions, specifically designed to help alleviate some of the stress of night time wetting and incontinence. Products include waterproof duvets & pillows, incontinence sheets, waterproof mattresses & mattress protectors, washable bed pads and weighted blankets.
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COMMON ISSUES & SOLUTIONS
Enquiries about continence and products that can help families and carers are some of the most common we receive at Fledglings. Many products exist that can help alleviate some of the stress and work associated with night time bed wetting.
There are a range of products which are designed to help protect the bedding and mattress from wetting: you would need to assess your needs so that you can choose products suitable for you.
An OT or Health professional should be able to advise you if needed.
Bedding Solutions Include the following;
Mattress protectors/pads - these absorbent pads are designed to used over a mattress and on top of the fitted sheet to protect the area of the bed most vulnerable to wetting. They are ideal as they can be quickly changed in the middle of the night without having to resort to changing the whole bed. There are disposable versions available but in the long term these can be costly, so a washable and reusable pad or protector may well be better value in the long run. (Disposables however, can be good for travelling and holidays) The reusable protectors usually have a waterproof backing and a softer absorbent upper layer. Some styles come with wings or flaps which can be tucked around and under the mattress to keep it in place (e.g. the Brolly Sheet)
Chair Pads – these work in a similar way to the mattress protector but they are smaller so that they will fit into a chair or wheelchair. They have a waterproof backing, protect the chair and upholstery from leaks, are washable and can be swapped over easily when needed.
Waterproof sheets, Duvet and Pillow protectors - in order to protect the bed and bedding from staining and urine, there are a variety of products that can be used. Some have a waterproof PVC backing, others are made in breathable polyurethane or Tencel type fabrics. They are all designed to keep the mattress, duvet or pillows underneath clean. It is a good idea to check if the product is suitable for heavy or only light wetting before you buy - as well as the size you need.
Mattress Protectors - designed to fit over the mattress to protect it from soiling and wetting. Some are designed to slip over like a fitted sheet, others encapsulate the whole mattress and have a zip opening. For heavy soiling however a waterproof mattress may well be a better long term solution.
Waterproof Mattresses - in cases of very heavy soiling and wetting a complete waterproof hospital style mattress can be a more economical solution in the long run. Made from a foam which allows the body to mould into the mattress, these have a completely waterproof cover. They come with concealed zips and allow the free flow of air for comfort. The mattresses can be wiped down and dried easily which makes them ideal for night time. As a child moves into adulthood a waterproof mattress can often be a better solution as the wetting increases in volume.
Waterproof Duvets and Pillows - waterproof pillows and duvets have a waterproof cover which can be wiped down with a damp sponge or cloth and then wiped dry. Usually made of a soft polyurethane they are designed to be breathable as well as waterproof. For comfort these should be covered with a washable duvet cover or pillowcase. These are excellent when wetting or soiling is heavy and are ideal for using at night time. When the duvet or pillow gets wet the outer covers can be changed quickly while the duvet or pillow below can be wiped clean and dried quickly. This means laundry can be kept to a manageable level as the duvet and pillows do not need to be constantly washed – saving wear and tear on the washing machine and time on drying.
Waterproof changing mats - changing mats are ideal for changing a person either at home or when they are out and about. Folding versions are particularly good for days out.
Please note the use of bleach and harsh cleaning products is not recommended on these products.
Clothing To Help With Incontinence
For families and carers who have a child or relative with special needs, coping with incontinence can be a major part of their daily routine. There are many clothing solutions which can make these daily tasks more manageable.
Unitards - The unitard is an all in one garment which does not have a poppers between the legs. Ideal if the wearer has worked out how to undo poppers. The wearer would step in through the neck opening and pull the garment up over their body. Some styles have short legs and no sleeves while others come with a long leg. Usually made of a stretch fabric containing lycra, they are designed to be close fitting. For those on the Autistic spectrum or with sensory issues the closer fitting garments provide compression across the body which can help with proprioception (a person’s sense of body awareness) As these undergarments do not have a popper opening they are harder for hands to get at the nappy or pad underneath: the long leg versions are particularly effective and can help minimise incidents of smearing. As the unitards are harder to remove they can also help with those who might undress at the wrong time or in public. They can be worn under normal clothes as under wear or at night time to help prevent the wearer accessing their pad or nappy.
Bodysuits/vests with poppers - most of these under garments are styled to fit over the body and fasten with poppers between the legs. You can find versions with a vest top, short or long sleeves – in various stretch or jersey type fabrics. Some styles incorporate an opening to accommodate a feeding tube, while others have poppers across the body to allow for easy dressing. They can range in size from small child up into adult sizes. The advantage of having bodysuits with a popper opening are;
• Bodysuits with poppers between the legs, at the gusset, allow easy access when pad/nappy changing is required.
• Versions which have back, side or cross body openings are helpful for those who need help dressing as well as those who are tube fed. The garments are easier for carers to change, keeping unnecessary movement to a minimum.
• They can keep the nappy or pad in place, both during the day and at night time.
• The vests can help conceal the nappy and avoid embarrassment or unwanted attention, can be worn under regular clothing.
• Can prevent a person undressing at inappropriate times and places.
• The vests are comfortable and help to keep the person warm.
• Provide a comfortable and practical solution if a child or adult has a feeding tube.
• Takes longer and is harder for the wearer to access their nappy, the vests can help with incidents of ‘smearing’.
It is worth thinking about the style which is most suited to the person who is going to wear the garment. If they have a sensory condition associated with autism for example, what kind of fabric would be most comfortable? Some children and adults may prefer the closer fitting feel of bodysuits with lycra in the fabric while others may feel more comfortable in a softer, looser jersey. In addition, there are bodysuit versions which incorporate a little short leg with poppers between the legs which may be practical for others.
When thinking about purchasing a bodysuit vest it may be worth while trying out one or two different styles to start with before committing to buying a larger quantity. This way the underwear can be tested to see which suits the wearer best. It will also allow you to see which size you need. We always advise that you take good measurements before ordering, it will help you and the supplier decide what would be the best size for you. Again it might be a good idea to buy one first to check the sizing before ordering more.