How to Stop and Prevent an Adult Diaper from Leaking

Top 5 Things to Check

One of the most common problems with people that use incontinence products is that the product leaks and they can't figure out why. How do you stop and prevent an adult diaper from leaking? Outlined below are the five most common solutions to this problem.

1) Try a different size/style/brand. Different brands fit different people better. People are just shaped differently, and one person could fit great in one product and leak in another while another person does the opposite. We're shaped differently, and each type of adult diapers are shaped a bit differently.

The best thing to do is to find a different brand, a different style, or a different size. If what you are using is leaking, try a different brand like Tranquility, Prevail, or certain Medline or Attends products. The most common reason people call in with leakage is because they are using a product out of the pharmacy for moderate or heavy incontinence. The types of brands that are sold over the counter are nice in price range, but don't perform well if the person has a true incontinence issue.

Changing the style or size can also make a significant difference. Again, you're looking for the product that fits just right for you.

One of the most popular solutions is to try a Tranquility product like the Tranquility Premium Disposable Underwear (a pull-up), or the Tranquility All Through the Night Disposable Brief (a brief with tabs), but other brands can work and there's other solutions, so keep reading.

2) Try booster pads. Another way to add absorbency is to try booster pads, for example the Dignity Stackables (standard absorbency – 8 fl. oz) or the Tranquility Topliner Regular Booster Pads (heavy absorbency – 10.9 fl. oz.). The Dignity Stackables can be used as more than one at a time in a stack, and they add more and more absorbency to almost any pull-up or brief with tabs. Tranquility makes the most absorbent pads. You can also try a reusable booster pad like the Slim Fit Shield Reusable Pad

3) Make sure it's snug around the legs. Is the product you are using snug around the legs? It's best if it's not too tight, but if it's snug it prevents leakage. Find a product that gives you the right amount of snugness around the legs.

4) Try an overnight product. Products that are labeled 'Overnight' are more absorbent than non-overnight products, and thus are less likely to leak as long as they fit well. A couple of the best overnight pull-ups that we carry are the Tranquility Premium Disposable Underwear and the Prevail Super Plus Underwear. All of the prevail products have the added quality of being compact and thus more discreet, and the Tranquilities are the most popular overnight product because they work so well for so many people.

5) Try reusable underpads for a backup. Reusable Underpads protect against extra leakage just in case, keeping the bedding dry and safe. They are much higher in quality than most disposable underpads, and they can be washed and dried like regular linen. Some examples are the Invacare Reusable Underpads, which come in singles, and the really absorbent Softnit 300 Underpads, which are very high quality and are sold by the case.

Incontinence product leakage can be solved! Just use the 5 tips outlined above, and contact our nurse if you have any detailed questions (Click on the 'Ask a Nurse' tab at the top of the website).