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How to Change Disposable Briefs

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

What are disposable briefs?

Disposable briefs are underwear that are thrown away after they have been used once. They are commonly used by people who are not able to control their bladder or bowel movements.

How do I change another person's disposable briefs?

  • Gather your supplies:
    • Toilet paper or disposable wet wipes
    • Bowl of warm water
    • Soap or cleansing foam
    • Two or more clean washcloths
    • Bath towel and waterproof pad
    • Disposable gloves
    • Clean brief
  • Put on disposable gloves and get the person ready:
    • Tuck a waterproof pad under the person's buttocks to protect the bed from spills.
    • Undo the tape on both sides of the brief.
    • Turn the person on one side and bend his upper knee toward his chest.
    • Wrap the dirty brief over itself to cover the soiled area inside.
  • Clean and dry the person's skin:
    • Wipe between the person's legs and buttocks with toilet paper or wet wipes.
    • Clean the area with a washcloth, soap, and water. If the person is a female, always wipe from front to back. Use a clean part of the washcloth each time you wipe.
    • Gently pat the area dry with a clean bath towel.
    • Check the person's skin for sores and redness.
  • Put on the new disposable brief:
    • Open the new disposable brief so that it is flat on the bed.
    • Tuck half of the clean brief as far as possible under the person.
    • Roll the person to the other side.
    • Remove the dirty brief.
    • Spread the other half of the clean brief so that it is flat on the bed.
    • Roll the person on his back and fasten the tapes on both sides of the brief.
  • Throw away and wash dirty items:
    • Place the dirty brief in a bag and throw away.
    • Remove your gloves and throw them away. Wash your hands.
    • Wash any items such as washcloths, bath towel, and waterproof pad.

When should I contact the person's healthcare provider?

  • You see new sores.
  • You see a red rash or pimple-like bumps.
  • You see redness and dryness that is spreading.
  • You have questions or concerns about the person's condition or care.

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