People often refer to Kylies when talking about incontinence bed protection . However this has nothing to with Australian pop stars, but is in fact the generic name for washable absorbent bed pads. The term “Kylie” seems an odd name for incontinence bed pads but just as the brand name “sellotape” has become a generic term for adhesive tape, “Kylie” was once the name of a leading brand.
The Kylie bed pad consists of three key sections. Firstly a quilted polyester (or similar) “stay dry” layer which draws liquid into the absorbent layer which prevents it seeping back out, then the absorbent fluff layer. Unlike disposable bed pads, kylie washable bed pads don’t contain absorbent crystals as these would prevent the product being washable, instead they rely on a layer of fabric fluff to absorb (and they can be very absorbent holding 2 to 3 litres typically). Finally you have a plastic base layer which both prevents liquid seeping through to the bedding below and also to prevent the pad slipping on the bed so that it stays in the best place on the bed.
A Kylie (or washable bed pad) is an essential item when managing night time incontinence as they provide protection against leaks from bodyworn products, thus protecting expensive bedding (e.g. sheet, and mattresses) and we always recommend their use. However, ideally they should also be used inconjunction with a mattress protector (link to mattress protector category) to give a “belt and braces” back up which can be helpful if the person sleeping moves significantly during the night.
Allanda offer a large choice of Kylie incontinence bed pads at our www.allaboutincontinence.co.uk website. We offer both single and double incontinence bed pads with wings, and also a single bed pad without wings . As the latter doesn’t have wings it can be used on any size of bed, where needed – this is ideal where two people may share a larger bed (e.g. a double, queen or king sized bed) but the second person doesn’t need the extra protection. The washable bed pad can just be placed under the person who needs it.
It is generally recommended that these products are purchased in threes on the basis that at any time this gives one product on the bed, one in the wash, and one spare for when needed.
We also offer a “Quick dry” alternative in both single and double sizes. This has a separate rather than integral backing sheet, this enables air to pass through the sheet, enabling faster drying (both air drying or tumble drying) so in theory only two sheets might be needed.