Urinary incontinence

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Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. The muscles that keep the bladder closed become weaker and lead to discreet or larger losses of urine that require the use of pads or nappies.

  • Use absorbents only if the person is incontinent
  • Help the person to urinate by accompanying him or her to the toilet every two hours, even if he or she feels no need
  • Avoid and prevent accidents by removing any unnecessary obstacles in the way
  • Dress the person in comfortable clothing that is easy to remove if needed
  • After each visit to the toilet, the skin needs to be kept clean and dry
  • To prevent any possible urinary infection:
    • Ensure good genital and urinary hygiene
    • Drink plenty of liquids
    • Detect signs and symptoms: discomfort when urinating, irritation, fever, etc.
    • If using a hygienic absorbent, this should be changed as often as necessary to prevent the risk of mycoses and irritations

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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