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Staying Dry At School
By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer
When children begin going to school,
most people assume that they will have very little
problem with the issue of going to the bathroom.
However, some children may have trouble with the ability
to control when and where they need to go, either due to
a physical challenge or because of a disease or illness
that doesnít allow for regular control over their
bladder or bowel functions.
Incontinence can be very stressful, embarrassing, and frightening to the
child. Hope can be found through several steps that
parents and other caregivers can take in order to help
an incontinent child feel well-adjusted, happy, and
secure throughout their school day.
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The most obvious place to begin is with what type of
under garments are best for your childís particular
situation. If your child is too large for regular,
disposable diapers, you may want to consider contoured
or fitted diapers. They tend to vary in style, from
those which have a slight hour glass shape to those that
are fully-fitted panties with elastic legs and waist.
When researching these types of undergarments, itís
important to be aware that some of the fully contoured
briefs and diapers canít be bleached, a fact which may
help to narrow down the choices. Waterproof pants are
usually worn with other reusable products, however, they
can also be used with disposables products. When used
with disposables they can provide an added margin of
safety, provide some noise reduction and sometimes offer
a little camouflage. Waterproof pants are most commonly
made from vinyl plastic, available in various
thicknesses, with a choice of colored or white. Then
there is the all-in-one incontinent pant which is also
reusable. This product combines an absorbent pad or
diaper with a waterproof shell and function like adult
disposable diapers. The only draw back for the
all-in-one pant is that it tends to be one of the
incontinence products most difficult to design well. A
related product, known as protective underpants, are
designed to protect against moderate to light leakage.
The advantage of wearing protective underpants is that
they can look and feel like normal underwear while
providing protection for at least moderate incontinence,
and there are also some all-in-ones which are designed
for heavy incontinence. To a child, a cloth panty is
ďrealĒ underwear, and this will help them to feel more
like their peers.