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Bedpans, Commodes and Accessories

 – If you are experiencing reduced mobility, perhaps due to illness or advancing years, you may have difficulty getting to a toilet in sufficient time. The resulting accidents can cause embarrassment or discomfort if they result in soiled clothes, chairs or bedding. If you find yourself bedridden or in a situation where your mobility is reduced, you may find that incontinence aids can help you retain a level of dignity around vital bodily functions.
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Commodes:



Rather than transporting yourself to the toilet, you can use a commode when you need to relieve yourself. The commode can be positioned next to your bed or chair, allowing you to transfer onto it with a minimum of movement. Some commodes have adjustable leg heights and armrests that drop down, allowing you to slide across from your bed or chair. This minimizes the time that you need to spend standing. Disposable commode liners, containing absorbent granules or gel, can be used to help eliminate odors and reduce the risk that urine will splash out of the commode during cleaning.

Portable Urinals:



You will find incontinence aids that have been developed for the specific needs of men when you browse the drugstore.com medicine and health section. Shaped plastic urinals allow men who are bedridden or lack mobility to relieve themselves in comfort. Disposable urinal bags, containing absorbent gel, are also available. These disposable incontinence aids avoid the need for cleaning and sanitizing a plastic urinal.

Lifting Aids:



Caretakers or homecare workers may have to assist in moving individuals who lack the strength to transfer themselves on to a commode or toilet seat. At drugstore.com, you will find lifting aids that can be used by people who are caring for individuals with mobility issues. There are a number of lifting aids available that have a cutout option, allowing the individual who requires assistance with toileting to be positioned over the commode or toilet.

Incontinence Accessories:



Adults who find it difficult to reach the toilet in time may also benefit from wearing protective underwear and briefs. From absorbent pads that fit inside your underwear and are held in place with adhesive strips to pull-on adult diapers, drugstore.com offers a range of incontinence undergarments that can help absorb any involuntary leakage. You can also use protective pads to protect chairs and bedding.

Bedwetting in Children:



It is not unusual for children to wet the bed, despite being dry during the day. You can take practical steps to prevent moisture penetrating your child's mattress, such as using bedding protection pads under your child's sheets. In addition, you can help your child to break the bedwetting cycle by purchasing a moisture alarm. Moisture alarms have sensors that detect the first drops of urine. An alarm will sound that will awaken your child. He can then stop urinating in bed and head for the toilet. Over a number of weeks, the moisture alarm will help your child to reduce the number of bedwetting incidents until he becomes dry through the night.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.

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