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Date: 9/14/12 12:25 PM

could anyone please suggest a pattern for waterproof underwear to be worn over a diaper? THis is for an elderly adult who is in bed most of the time. Would PUL fabric work for this?. I am concerned about plastic because her skin is very sensitive, and any trapped moisture (from the plastic) may cause a sore that does not heal. Also, I do not have a way to measure her, as she is not staying with me, so I will probably need a 'small to medium size'.
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Subject: Waterproof underwear for an elderly person Date: 9/14/12 2:18 PM

I don't think there is any such thing as a waterproof fabric. There is water RESISTANT fabric, but it's not the kind of thing you'd want to make underwear out of.

Honestly, if someone is bed bound and not getting up, I don't think they're going to be all that concerned about what underwear they're wearing. I would just stick with adult diapers personally.

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Subject: Waterproof underwear for an elderly person Date: 9/14/12 6:12 PM

I agree with heathergwo. No one wants to mess with washing adult diapers when you can buy the disposable........unless you are totally into "green"! In that case, you wash the diapers.

Comfort and modesty first in this case.

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Date: 9/14/12 6:50 PM

I know that washable things are considered "greener" than disposables, but in drought areas that might not be the case.

If keeping the bed dry is your concern, I would think that a waterproof mattress pad might be a better choice, although those can be rather hot.

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Subject: Waterproof underwear for an elderly person Date: 9/14/12 7:37 PM

Do you need these for extra protection or as a substitute for disposables?


I tried several things for an adult relative who was too small for the disposable diaper options at the time, but pads weren't enough protection for her. PUL is very hot to use as an entire panty, I used it as a large hour-glass shaped inner panel attached only at front and back waist . The outer panty was made from a wicking knit. I made her some thick pads or she used doubled disposable pads.

You will most likely need a plastic snap setter or soft velcro if the panty needs to open flat for dressing. I just made hers like regular panties, with fold-over elastic at the waist and leg openings. All of the threads and elastics you use need to be polyester so they won't wick.

Her favorite pair-- the softest-- were made from two layers of Malden Mills fleece. They were so puffy she could only wear them under pjs. These could hold a pad or two.

Oh, and a brand of XS close-fitting disposables came out. She doesn't need home-made ones anymore.
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Date: 9/15/12 1:08 AM

Thanks to all of you for your helpful replies. Actually I was not asking about panties to use with cloth diapers, but something to use over 'Depends 'diapers,to carry any moisture away from the body. What would be the best 'wicking' fabric?

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Date: 9/15/12 10:12 AM

Best wicking action would come from 100% cotton.

Your question asked for waterproof ... which is the exact opposite of what it seems you're after.

So is she having leakage problems with Depends type products?

Also.. if she's in bed, then usually those blue-lined sheet-like pads are placed under a patient to absorb any leakage. So it would be something that is not worn... which would reduce the chances of skin irritation.

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Date: 9/15/12 2:48 PM

Depends hold quite a lot of urine. If she has frequent "leakage" then she needs to be changed much more frequently to prevent injury to the skin as you are already aware. If she is still too wet with changing at least every 2 hrs, you might try adding a liner inside the depends. Disposable underpads like chux are more expensive than puppy pads with the only difference being the price & color.

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Date: 9/15/12 6:11 PM

I appreciate the help from all of you. 'The blue chux sounds loke a good idea. What are 'puppy pads' ,and where can I get them? Also, I will be carrying them in a suitcase(for travel outside the U.S,), so the weight is a consideration.
Again, it is so nice to have a caring community, which is not only passionate about sewing, but also reaches out to help!

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Date: 9/15/12 9:34 PM

Look in the pet dept. If Walmart or Target don't have them for potty training, try PetCo or equivalent. You can also put a large towel over a large plastic bag(leaf type 40 gal black) to save changing sheets.

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