Frequently Asked Questions on Diapers and Briefs

What is Brief or Diaper?
It is a kind of underwear that allows one to urinate in a discreet manner. When diapers become soiled, they require changing; this process is often performed by a second person such as a parent or caregiver. Failure to change a diaper on a regular enough basis can result in skin problems.
What are Diapers and Briefs made of?
Diapers are made of cloth or synthetic disposable materials. Cloth diapers are composed of layers of fabric such as cotton, hemp, bamboo or microfiber and can be washed and reused multiple times. Disposable diapers contain absorbent chemicals and are thrown away after use. Plastic pants can be worn over diapers to avoid leaks.
What are the conditions to use Diapers and Briefs?
These are used by people with incontinence due to physical or mental disability or in certain circumstances where access to a toilet is unavailable, such as astronauts, etc.
What are the basic types of Diapers or Incontinence Briefs?
There are three basic types of diapering systems:
  • Conventional Cloth Diapers
    Conventional cloth diapers are washable and reusable. If you do not consider the time it takes to wash, dry, and fold cloth diapers, cloth diapers are the least expensive diapering system. Cloth diapers may be more comfortable if changed frequently before wetness allows them to become cold.
  • Disposable Diapers
    Disposable diapers with a normal cellulose core absorb moisture, are convenient, and may prevent some diaper rashes. These diapers help to prevent the spread of infection in a child care setting.
  • Super-Absorbent Disposable Diapers or Briefs
    Superabsorbent disposable diapers or briefs that contain absorbent gelling material (AGM) prevent skin irritation by pulling moisture away from the skin. Diaper systems with AGM reduce wetness and prevent diaper rashes from other causes by keeping the skin pH normal. A child or adult with chronic or severe skin rashes in the diaper area may have fewer rashes wearing a superabsorbent disposable diaper.
What Type of Adult Diapers/Briefs are there and What's the difference between them?
  • Briefs with Cloth-Like Backing: They make less noise than briefs with plastic backing
  • Briefs with Plastic Backing: These usually make more noise when used.
  • Breifs with Refastenable Tabs: These have tabs that can be removed and refastened over and over again.
  • Briefs with Non-Refastenable Tabs: These briefs can only be fastened once, and work for well for some people.
  • Briefs for Overnight: These are made to be worn at night, and are the most absorbent type of briefs. Most people don’t wear an overnight brief for the day, but if a person is very incontinent, then sometimes they do for the extra absorbency. Overnight briefs are usually bulkier in size.
  • Briefs for Day Use: Briefs labeled ‘Heavy’, ‘Moderate’, or ‘Light’ are made for day use. These products are usually less bulky and absorb less, and are made to be worn during the day.
  • Bariatric Briefs: These briefs are for plus sized individuals, and come in a variety of very large sizes. Some of these briefs go up to very large waist sizes.
  • Pull-Ups: They pull on like underwear and have no tabs. This is more ideal for taking on and off to go to the bathroom, and for people with conditions like dimentia.
  • Pull-Ups with Refastenable Tabs: These are pull-ups, but also have tabs on the side if you want to use them.
  • Reusable Adult Diapers: These are made to be washed and dried like regular clothing.
  • Belted Undergarments: These are a product that is held on by a belt and has an absorbent area that is attached to the belt. They are for differently shaped or bariatric users.
  • Fecal Incontinence Products: These products are made to protect against fecal incontinence as well as urinary incontinence.
  • Swim Diapers: These products are for adults and older children, and protect against fecal incontinence while the person is swimming. The garment is designed to be worn next-to-skin under a swim suit.
  • Unisex Briefs: These are designed in such a way that it can be used by both men and women.
Do I use the same disposable brief during the day as I do at night?
There is no such rule. You may need to use a product designed for day time and a more absorbent product for night time. During the day we are changed more frequently and need a less absorbent less expensive product designed for day time. The more absorbent night time products can be used at night when you will go longer between changes.
What should be the size of my brief?
Brief sizes are measured based on your waist or hip size. Wearing a wrong size diaper can cause you to feel uncomfortable or may result in leakage. Know your size or have your waist measured before ordering.