Mattress protection is crucial when dealing with adult urinary incontinence. Disposable undergarments, such as adult diapers and underwear, can help protect the mattress, but accidents happen, and they leak. If you or your loved one experiences incontinence at night, there are various waterproof pads that can be used to keep the mattress dry and clean:
- Underpads, or mattress overlays, are small waterproof pads that lay on top of your sheets. These pads can act as the first line of defense against incontinence; they don’t protect the entire bed, but they do cover the middle portion of the bed, where it’ll most likely get wet. Available in disposable and reusable styles, underpads are very popular because they’re easy to clean and replace.
- Vinyl covers are the most economical option for nighttime incontinence. They are inexpensive and can simply be wiped down with a damp cloth. These mattress covers come in a fitted style and zippered style. The zippered covers not only protect against urine, but also protect against bedbugs, dust mites and other allergens.
- Breathable mattress covers are a great alternative for those who don’t want to sleep on vinyl. Unlike vinyl, breathable mattress protectors allow for air circulation, so the sleeper remains cool during the hotter months and warm during the colder months. Like vinyl covers, these protectors also come in fitted and zippered styles.
- Mattress pads offer the most comfort out of all these waterproof options. They’re thick, usually with 3-4 layers of mattress protection. However, they’re also probably the most cumbersome since they take a while to wash and dry.
Depending on your situation, different waterproof solutions may work better. No matter which type you choose, be rest assured that your mattress will stay protected and in-tact for many years to come.