Are There Better Diapers for Older Kids?

by Michelle on October 26, 2011

in Product Reviews

At 10 yers old my son is still incontinent. For reasons the doctor’s can’t even figure out, he’s still not learned how to communicate his bathroom needs.

The only current option is for Christopher to wear some form of diapers.  Because he’s not walking, pull up style diapers are not an option. He has wear traditional style diapers for older kids but that close with tape or velcro tabs.

disposable diaper for incontinence

Using Kendall Disposable Briefs

Our service coordinator hooked us up with a medical supply company, Landauer Metropolitan. They provide us with disposable briefs by a brand named Kendall.

While this brand of briefs is popular for incontinent people, I have a few problems with it:

  • Unlike other brands of diapers, the tapes can not be resealed if opened.
  • There is no size that fits completely correctly. The child size is too small and cuts him on the thigh. The next size is adult and it’s way too big.
  • The diapers sometimes leak.
  • While the brand says Kendall on the box, the bags of diapers are clear and unmarked making me wonder if this is some bootleg brand.

After doing a little research I discovered that Kendall brands is now a part of a company called Covidien. Upon browsing their website, I couldn’t even find the diapers I receive! This makes me think that maybe we are getting left over stock because the only incontinent diapers I could find are these:

incontinence briefs

Seems there’s nothing available for my son’s size and height. Seeing how thin my CJ is, you have to wonder.  If these are supposed to be for incontinent people with special needs, why aren’t there additional sizes to compensate?


I wish I had an alternative to these disposable briefs because while I’ve figured out a way to tape the diapers so they stay on, CJ’s school caregivers have not.  Often, he comes home with his spare change of clothing on.

The message I’d like to send to these providers of medical supplies is for them to be more cognizant of sizing. No one size fits all. Children with physical disabilities are often not “built” like children with no physical challenges. They need to make diapers for older kids who like those with cerebral palsy.

Kids with certain medical conditions may be classified within an age group but their bodies are under developed. Creating a diaper that is adjustable is a potential solution.  An example of an adjustable item to accommodate skinny but tall guys like my CJ is pants from The Children’s Place.

Special Mom – Is your child incontinent? If so, what sort of underpants to you use? Do you find it difficult finding diapers for older kids?

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Stephen December 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Do a search on Google or amazon for Molicare and Abena, Both companies make very absorbent diapers for people of all ages. The smallest will fit a child with a waist of 20 inches and are absorbent enough to keep them from leaking for 8 hours or more.


Michelle December 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Hi Stephen- Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately my 10 year isn’t even close to a 20 inch waist :-(


AJ December 24, 2011 at 2:04 am

I use Unique Wellness Briefs they are great and i can get away with only 2 diapers a day they are 8-12 hour diapers and work wonders check them out


Rob January 1, 2012 at 12:28 am

These might help .. But i dont know for sure since you didnt specify your son’s waist size or weight. Take a look and see if they could help. Peace out!


Fiona February 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Hi Michelle,
I know exactly how you feel. I was going through that several years ago. My son is 12 yrs now but when he was 9 yrs old, he was “in between” sizes. He was too big for the Huggies size 6 diapers, but too small for the Adult small. I kept asking them for the “Youth” diapers, which they kept saying the Adult small is the Youth diapers. But one day my son ended up in the hospital, and they had the perfect fit diaper for him. I called our supplier and gave him a diaper from the hospital and asked him, “Then what is this???” He said that its a hospital grade diaper that they can’t get for us. We ended up using the Adult small and practically wrapping it all the way around his waist for a year and a half. I don’t remember what brand it was but I hated it. I often told everyone that the company who makes these plastic diapers, need to wear it themselves and see how uncomfortable they are. Especially, those plastic tabs. Seriously, don’t they realize it cuts skin, it’s that sharp. My poor son suffered every time his aide would put it on wrong and the tabs jabbed his skin. He’d come home from school with scraps or bleeding cuts. I hated those plastic diapers and where we live it’s hot, year round, so I got our company to change it to “breathable” cloth diapers. The plastic ones could have been the cause of his seizures. He was chubby then, but since he hit puberty he’s now so thin, almost like your son. He uses Nightingale Adult medium. We buy men’s disposable pads and put it in his diaper over night or when we go out and don’t have a chance to change him. Big difference. I’m not washing sheets every day. I hope this helps.


Michelle February 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Oh my goodness. Our sons are the same age. CJ turned 12 on Feb 2nd :-) i get those chux pads from the medical suppliers. Saved a many set of sheets from being washed!

He still wears those giant diapers but now he’s actually growing into them…sorta


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Michelle March 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Thank you. :)


Aaron March 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I use unique wellness or molicare I find both work well I am 30 and incontinent 24/7 and I use 2-3 a day depending


Michelle March 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Thank you for sharing that. Does insurance cover them? Is it a supplier that delivers?

My son is bigger now and fits the ones he gets but it’s good to have options.


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Michelle March 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

thank you


Dawn October 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Not sure what your status of paying for the diaper if it is insurance or out of pocket. But many bigger brands like Attends Tena Tranquility have a youth sized diaper its just below small adult diapers. I know Tranquility makes even a toddler plus when kids out grow baby diapers. I would recommend Tranquility they make awesome diapers and even have booster pads. Molicare and Abena are awesome very absorbent diapers but don’t think they make youth sized diapers. If you call Tranquility directly they will send u samples for free. The issue with some insurance companies that pay for these once your out of baby diapers they only have small through large but there is other sizes in between like youth and regualar a regular size is in-between large and medium. Hope this helps


Michelle November 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

thank you Dawn Fortunately he’s getting a little bigger and he’s’ able to fit the diapers the insurance covers now.


Ryan April 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

There is a company called, who specialize in diapers for older kids, who have daytime and nighttime issues.


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