Managing Incontinence in the Summer

June 14, 2018

Managing Incontinence in the Summer

Summer is here! Everyone is excited and ready to enjoy outdoor activities! Summer is an exciting time of year for people who live with snowy winters. When you live in an area where you experience harsh winters you probably really want to capitalize on beautiful summer days. Summers can’t come soon enough and certainly can’t last long enough!

Dealing with incontinence during summer months can be challenging however it doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you enjoy! If you suffer from stress incontinence, urge incontinence or overflow incontinence your routine will need to adjust around the types of activities you plan.

Summer activities include: hiking, biking, running, swimming, vacations, camping, beach and more.

Here are some tips to better handle incontinence in the summer:

  1. Make sure to use the restroom before venturing out!

  1. Plan to know where restrooms are located while you’re out.

  1. While it might sound counterproductive, staying hydrated in the summer can actually help prevent incontinence!

  1. We all love our morning coffee and glass of wine with dinner, but it’s not recommended for incontinence sufferers. Unfortunately, alcohol and coffee should be avoided.

  1. Say no to spicy foods which are known to irritate the bladder.

  1. Dont smoke, and stay away from smokers… Smoking will cause you to have an overactive bladder and second hand smoke can cause sneezing or coughing.

  1. Be prepared for an accident. Planning ahead can alleviate stress and anxiety. Bring, pads, diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and a plastic bag for soiled items.

Remember, throughout the year proper diet is important to help manage incontinence as the seasons change. And be sure to exercise regularly to help keep incontinence conditions controlled.

Enjoy your summer!