Generally the type of incontinence plays a role in the correct type of treatment needed.
You should always work with a doctor or continence nurse to diagnose the type of incontinence you, a family member, or person you care for have and work together on treatment options
Some treatments that may be suggested include:
There are many everyday habits that you can change to reduce the severity of incontinence you are experiencing. These include:
- Cutting down on diuretics, such as coffee, tea, chocolate, cola, and alcohol. Diuretics make your body produce more urine than normal, making you more prone to bouts of incontinence.
- Exercising and eating the right foods are important in maintaining a healthy BMI (body mass index). Being overweight increases pressure on the urinary system, increasing the degree of incontinence you may suffer.
- Increasing your fibre intake by having plenty of fruits and veggies in your diet. This reduces the risk of constipation, which puts extra pressure on your bladder and pelvic floor muscles.
- Drink around 2 litres of water a day, cutting down as your bedtime approaches. If you don’t drink enough water, your urine can become concentrated and act as an irritant to your bladder.
PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES
A healthy lifestyle is known to improve bladder leakage, but a particularly beneficial exercise, for both men and women, is improving the pelvic floor muscles, which improves control over bladder leakage.
Bladder training is particularly effective in the treatment of urge incontinence. It is the purposeful delay in going to the bathroom after feeling the urge to urinate. For example, when you begin bladder training, try to delay going to the bathroom by 10 minutes every time you feel the urge. The next day, delay it by 15 minutes, and continue like this. Most health care professionals state that it is normal to visit the bathroom every 2-4 hours.
SCHEDULE BATHROOM TRIPS
This method is also very effective in the treatment of urge incontinence. It involves going to the bathroom at a specific time, according to a predefined schedule, rather than simply when the urge strikes you. Again, a healthy time is generally every 2-4 hours, but this is something that you should consult your doctor about, for the best results.
For some types of incontinence your doctor may prescribe medication. Particularly in the case of bowel incontinence, constipation and diarrhea.
USE INCONTINENCE AIDS
Using the right incontinence aids and products can help manage the symptoms of incontinence, making incontinence less life altering. Incontinence aids available from Buddies® include super absorbent briefs, for him and for her, unisex briefs, bed pads and chair pads. Clothing protectors are also available.