Updated 31 January 2018

Choosing a bed protector for bladder leakages

If you or one of your family members struggles with incontinence, bedwetting or bladder leakages, it is worth your while to invest in a mattress protector.

Mattress protectors are not only for bedwetting children but can be used by anyone with incontinence for a more comfortable and hygienic sleep.

There are a number of benefits of using a mattress protector. These include:

  • Absorbing moisture, which not only reduces discomfort but also helps to minimise bacteria, infections and bed sores
  • Protects your mattress and bedding from damage
  • Controls unpleasant odours

Factors to consider when choosing a mattress protector:

1.Polyurethane foam

Polyurethane is breathable which means it is cooler to sleep on. It is also stain resistant and easy to clean. For those with allergies, polyurethane also works as a barrier against dustmites and can therefore help to reduce allergic symptoms.

2. Virgin fluff pulp

Mattress protectors made using virgin fluff pulp are more absorbent and retain fluids more effectively than other ingredients. This provides greater comfort and protection.

3. Disposable/Non-disposable

Many parents and caregivers find that having to wash mattress protectors is inconvenient and time-consuming. In this case, using a disposable product may be easier.

4. Size

When choosing your mattress protector select a size that is closest to the size of your mattress. Fit is important to ensure the protector doesn't move whilst you are sleeping. Products that are too small will not provide adequate protection, especially if you tend to roll onto the other side of the bed while sleeping.

Read more:

How to choose the best absorbency product for you

6 everyday things to avoid if you have urge incontinence

Urine isn't as sterile as you think


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Incontinence Expert

Dr Prenevin Govender completed his MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 2001. He obtained his Fellowship of the College of Urologists in 2009 and graduated with distinction for a Masters in Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 2010. His special interests include laparoscopic, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence surgery. He consults full-time at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont.

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