Incontinence Community

How To Prevent Diaper Leakage

Gina Flores
Caregiver Advocate | Shield HealthCare
07/27/11  4:43 PM PST
Diaper Leakage

Although incontinence is a highly manageable condition, one of the most common problems people face is diaper leakage. The good news is that this inconvenience can be avoided all together.

Here are a couple guidelines to follow in order to get the maximum performance out of incontinence products and prevent diaper leakage.

1.  Choosing the right product

The first step in finding the best product is to know what level of incontinence the wearer has. Is it light, moderate or heavy?

-For light needs, liners and bladder control pads are usually adequate and may be changed easily.

-For moderate needs, beltless or belted undergarments are a great choice. Protective underwear (or pull-ups) are a suitable choice if the wearer is mobile and toileting.

-For heavy needs, a brief (or diaper) provides the most absorbing power. Through advanced technology such as acquisition layers and polymer filling, one can be dry and comfortable for long periods.

See Shield HealthCare’s incontinence product selection guide for more information.

2. Choosing the correct size and fit

The number one reason for leaky briefs or protective underwear is a product that is too big or a loose fit. Through a simple waist measurement or using the product sizing chart tool, it’s wise to ensure a proper sized product to get the best results. Also be sure the product is pulled up close to the peri area. The fit should feel comfortably snug.

With the right products used in the correct way, the wearer can enjoy comfort and confidence each and every day.



  1. barnett, clara
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 4:47 am PDT

    does medical cover the underpants or briefs like they cover the pads?

  2. Posted September 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm PDT

    Generally, Medi-Cal covers briefs, diapers and other disposable incontinence products, however the coverage is based on the patient’s diagnosis. There may be other circumstances that would determine product coverage such as additional insurance plans.

    Here is a link to the Medi-Cal coverage policy, if you would like more specific information.

    Thank you for visiting Shield HealthCare’s incontinence community.

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