How to Put On an Adult Diaper

If you're new to incontinence, figuring out how to put an adult diaper on yourself or a loved one can be a challenge. To help, we've put together a step-by-step guide that explains how to put an adult diaper on yourself and how to put an adult diaper on someone else. 

If you have any questions or need some help, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Healthwick customer care team.  

How to Put an Adult Diaper on Yourself 

  • Step 1: Fold the Adult Diaper

To begin, fold you adult diaper length-ways so that the back sheet is facing outwards. Don't create a hard crease, the adult diaper only needs to be folded softly. Refrain from touching the inside of the adult diaper, this will help avoid any contamination. Folding the diaper also helps to avoid any possible contamination while you're putting on the product.

  • Step 2: Put the Adult Diaper On

Place the adult diaper between your legs, front to back. The narrow portion of the adult diaper should be between your legs. Hold the diaper carefully and avoid touching the inside with your hands to prevent contamination. 

  • Step 3: Adjust the Adult Diaper

Now you're ready to adjust the adult diaper. Make any necessary adjustments so that the diaper is comfortable on your body and well-fitting. You can start with either the top or bottom edges of the adult diaper, this is often determined by personal preference and how you want the product to fit.

  • Step 4: Secure the Adult Diaper

Once your adult diaper is where you want it and fits correctly, you can secure the tapes. Use the fasteners to ensure that the adult diaper is snug fitting with your body, but not too tight or uncomfortable. You can also try angling the lower tapes slightly upward for a better fit around your legs and bottom. Angling the upper tapes slightly downward will help to better secure your waist.

  • Step 5: Adjust the Edges

The final step is to adjust the edges of the adult diaper for maximum comfort and to avoid leaks. You'll often know what adjustments and changes you need to make based on how the brief feels on your body. Make sure that the edges around your legs are not going to chafe or cause skin irritation. You can also fold over any edges that seem a little sharp or you think will cause discomfort while you're wearing the adult diaper.  

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How to Put an Adult Diaper on Someone Else

  • Step 1: Fold the Adult Diaper

Be sure to start by thoroughly washing your hands or applying gloves. Softly fold the adult diaper length-ways and avoid any hard creases. Folding the diaper before putting it on helps to avoid any contamination.

  • Step 2: Move the Individual into a Side Position

Move the individual so they are laying on their side. Place the adult diaper between their legs ensuring that the front and back portions of the adult diaper are where they should be. Avoid touching the inside of the diaper. Spread out the back end so that the person's bottom is fully covered.

  • Step 3: Move the Individual onto their Backside

Once the individual is laying on their back, spread the front of the adult diaper out so it fully covers the person. Make sure that the adult diaper is no folded or crunched up between the legs. 

  • Step 4: Secure the Adult Diaper

When you're certain that the adult diaper is in a good position, you can use the tapes to secure it. To better secure the bottom of the diaper, try angling the tapes upward. Angle the upper tapes on the brief downward to properly secure the waist. The adult diaper should be snug-fitting, but not too tight or uncomfortable.

  • Step 5: Adjust the Edges

The final step is to adjust the edges of the adult diaper. This step will help to ensure the individual is comfortable and prevent leaks. Make sure that the elastics are sitting where they are supposed to and that the adult diaper s not cutting into the person's waist or legs. If possible, ask the individual if they are comfortable and make further adjustments from there. 

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