When you know you need overnight or all-day protection, there are three factors that matter most: high absorbency, wearability and, of course, comfort. If this is you, you’re probably looking to buy an adult diaper or, perhaps, you might be considering an adult pull-up. But which do you need? How do you decide?
There’s even more potential confusion ahead; as you browse online, you’ll see many options called “briefs.” Well, the standard definition of “briefs” is underwear, so does that mean adult briefs are simply pull-up underwear? The answer is no; generally, standard briefs have tape tabs, while an adult pull-up is similar in design to disposable underwear.
The primary difference between adult diapers and adult pull ups, however, is the side panels. While adult diapers have tab closures that can be opened and closed during changes, pull-ups (similar to the youth version) are put on like underwear and have tearable side panels that can be quickly opened to make removal easy.
This design difference means that:
Pull-ups, once opened, cannot be closed again.
While both diapers and pull-ups can be removed without removing the user’s pants, only diapers can be put on in this fashion.
Pull-ups provide the dignity of being similar, in many ways, to regular underwear.
Consider This: Will the Wearer or a Caregiver Handle Changings?
User: If the patient is mobile and sufficiently independent to warrant changing themselves, a pull-up underwear is usually the best choice. This is the easier option for self-changes and also helps preserve wearer dignity.
Caregiver: If a caregiver is going to change the wearer, an adult diaper with tabs is usually going to be a lot easier and more time-efficient..
What Are Briefs for Incontinence?
Briefs usually refer to underwear. However, when it comes to incontinence products, “briefs” is actually a respectful way of referring to adult diapers. So, if you see a product that’s listed as a brief, you can usually assume the seller is referring to diapers with tabs. Look for products called underwear or pull-ups if you are looking for a diaper without tabs. With either a brief (tape tabs) or a pull-up (disposable underwear), remember that the product must be tight-fitting in order to work properly. This is especially important for men who might be used to boxers where, meanwhile, these should fit snugly.