Answer our survey on continence products.
What came first: the chicken or the egg?
Personal experience - and calls to the PromoCon helpline - suggest to me that the current size range of disposable all-in-one products (nappies), is not meeting the needs of an increasing number of our patients.
From a personal point of view, I have been lobbying manufactures for years to try and get a better range of products for children, but my pleas have fallen – repeatedly - on deaf ears. “There isn’t enough demand,” they tell me; yet discussions with my colleagues tell me there is.
Whatever you feel about bigger children wearing nappies, there is no doubt that the age at which children are now toilet trained has increased over the last 30 to 40 years from around two to around three. This has been cited to be for a number of reasons, with a combination of disposable nappies and lazy parenting squarely to blame in some people’s minds.
That said, children are getting bigger and we are being asked by an increasing number of families of two year olds where bigger nappies can be obtained. For parents of children with special needs who have intractable continence problems, the lack of appropriately sized, disposable continence products causes them much distress.
At the other end of the scale, there is an increasing awareness that for our bariatric patients the size range available in the UK is severely limiting. However, a quick search on the internet and you can find XXXL sizes – but they are currently available only in America. Again, when manufacturers have been petitioned to bring these bigger sizes into the UK we are told that there does not seem to be a demand for them. There isn’t a demand because people don’t know they are potentially available!
So, in order to get manufacturers to start thinking about extending their size range, we need to convince them that there is a need. We would be grateful, therefore, if people could take a few minutes to complete the short survey below. If enough people respond, then we can present the manufacturers with the results.
June Rogers MBE