Autism spectrum disorder can affect different children in different ways. Many kids and adults with autism may experience social, communication, sensory, and behavioral challenges and issues. Autistic children also sometimes struggle with incontinence, which may be due to any of these issues. While this may lead to the need for pediatric incontinence supplies, it doesn’t necessarily mean the issue will last forever. Finding the right incontinence products for children with autism may help as you work with your child on potty training.
Here are some tips and incontinence product resources that may help.
Stick to a Potty Training Routine
When potty training your child, sticking to a routine is essential. Many children with autism prefer a set routine on which they can depend daily.
First, it may be a good idea to talk to your child’s pediatrician about how to help your child learn a more regular bathroom schedule. Then you can start creating a schedule with timed potty breaks throughout the day.
Try setting reminders on your watch or phone to make sure your child tries to go to the bathroom at the scheduled times. However, keep in mind that your child will not always be able to follow set times.
You may also want to keep a journal to track when your child has the urge to go. This may help you better determine which times of the day are best for taking bathroom breaks.
However, many children with autism have difficulty communicating when they need to go to the bathroom, especially when they’re in the middle of another activity. This is where sticking to a schedule helps the most.
Above all, just stay persistent with this new potty training routine. Progress can be slow, although when it happens, it’s a very positive sign.
Be Prepared For Accidents
In addition to following a potty training schedule, it’s important to keep enough incontinence products on hand. This prepares both you and your child for any accidents before they happen.
First, add up the number of supplies your child uses in a day, based on your child’s average usage and doctor’s recommendation or prescription. Make sure to include any and all supplies they use, including children’s diapers, training pants, underpads, and booster pads. Multiply that by the number of days in an average month (30 days), and that will be the monthly amount of incontinence products needed each month to cover your child’s needs.
Also, you may want to keep incontinence wipes available at home and carry them on the go. Many children with autism, as well as adults, experience incontinence-associated dermatitis, which is also known as diaper rash. It can cause redness, inflammation, itching, burning, and even lesions. Living with incontinence is hard enough on your child, so keeping a tub of incontinence wipes at home or a travel pack of baby wipes in your bag is a good idea. When accidents happen, you can be prepared to properly clean your child’s skin to reduce the risk of skin irritation or infection.
Get the Right Incontinence Products for Your Child with Autism
Lastly, you want to make sure your child has the best possible mix of incontinence products for their needs.
To find the right incontinence products for your child with autism, consider:
- Your child’s physical activity level and lifestyle
- Body size
- Absorbency levels (light, moderate, heavy)
Children with autism who are potty-training need incontinence products that are easy to put on and take off. That’s why training pants and pull-on underwear for kids are a good bet. Youth training pants look and act like real underwear while being absorbent enough to catch leakage so they may help your child get used to a bathroom routine.
If your child has heavy urinary incontinence, children’s diapers, also known as baby diapers, are a good option for daytime and nighttime use. Diapers are often highly absorbent, and they’re easy to make quick changes too.
Take a look at just a few of the children’s diapers, briefs, and training pants we offer at 180 Medical:
Youth booster pads fit inside your child’s training pants, pull-on disposable underwear, or diapers. They work by boosting the absorbency of these other incontinence products, which may be a cost-effective option since booster pads can help extend the wear-time of your child’s diapers or training pants.
In addition, if your child frequently experiences nighttime bedwetting, incontinence underpads, which are sometimes called chux, are a good product to have. Underpads are a thin, absorbent incontinence product that lays flat underneath your child in their bed or car seat. You can use an underpad anywhere your child sits or sleeps as backup security against leaks.
See some of our booster pad and underpad options:
Where to Buy Incontinence Products for Children with Autism
180 Medical’s well-trained Incontinence Specialists can help you find the incontinence supplies your child needs. When you contact 180 Medical, we will listen to your concerns and preferences with compassion. We understand that your child’s needs are just as unique and special as they are. That’s why we’ll work hard to help you find just the right mix of incontinence products to suit your little one.
180 Medical provides insurance-covered incontinence products for people of all ages. We’re in-network with state Medicaid plans and work with many state waiver programs as well as a growing number of private insurance plans. Curious if your health insurance covers incontinence supplies? We can verify your insurance and let you know if and how your plan will cover what you need. Plus, our specialists can coordinate with your child’s doctor and/or case manager to get any necessary documentation your insurance may require.
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