Millions of people are affected by incontinence and bedwetting, and the conditions are not discriminate of age or gender. Urinary incontinence is a condition that causes the involuntary leakage of urine, one which has a profound impact on quality of life for people everywhere. Some studies show that as many as 1 in 13 adults are incontinent, and 1 in 5 children will bed wet. Though incontinence is a common medical condition, many people still feel embarrassed to seek advice and discuss treatment and incontinence products - such as waterproof mattress covers - that can better their situation and alleviate them of worry.
There are numerous causes of incontinence. Generally, it is divided into four categories: stress, urge, functional and overflow. Incontinence products are effective at treating most of these categories, but the key is to identify why incontinence is occurring to find the best method of treatment.
Stress incontinence is mainly characterized by pelvic muscle weakness. This category of incontinence results in small losses of urine with coughing, sneezing, exercise and laughing, among other movements. Urge incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine through a sudden urge, for apparently no reason. Urge incontinence most often occurs during sleep or when the person hears running water.
Functional incontinence occurs when the person does not realize they need to use the bathroom, or becomes disoriented about how to find the bathroom in time. The cause of functional incontinence typically arises from people suffering from confusion or dementia, brought on by diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Functional incontinence is also closely associated with age, as it is prevalent among the elderly.
Overflow incontinence is a category that includes people who feel they cannot stop their bladders from eliminating constantly or for a while after urinating. Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder is consistently full and therefore frequently leaks urine, typically caused by weak bladder muscles or a blocked urethra. This form of incontinence can be diagnosed early due to a slow stream of urine when going to the bathroom.
Bed wetting in children is mostly attributed to one cause and is seen as part of growing up, and there are many methods for treatment. Bed wetting, unlike other forms of incontinence, is sporadic and normal in younger children. Bed wetting is a widespread form of incontinence, affecting five to seven million families a year in the U.S. and Canada. Although it is common, it still creates stress and trauma for both parents and children.
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