I have been hesitant to write this post because of wanting to protect my daughter. And while I have done some sponsored posts in the past that have briefly touched on this topic, I also wish that I could revisit those opportunities. I want to preserve my daughter’s dignity and maintain some sense of autonomy for her. Even if she can’t tell me verbally, I feel that it is still my job as a parent.
At the same time, this is one of those struggles that I went through as a parent of an autistic child. It was something I often wondered about but that not a lot of people would talk about.
However, in the interest of serving the readers and audience of this blog, I am finally talking about the topic.
What are the best large diaper brands for teens on the autism spectrum?
When my daughter was younger, this was an easier issue to tackle. We still started the potty training process then, even if it was just to get her used to being in the bathroom.
After all, it was easy to find diapers or pull-ups for younger preschoolers or older toddlers. But, then it got to the point where she did not fit size 6 or size 7.
And while she could never outgrow baby wipes, we still had to find something that would be better for her. And easier on me.
Will overnight diapers work for older autistic children?
Yes. In fact, the overnight diapers worked far better for us than the pull-ups or training diapers.
Until that point, however, you can use size 6 or 7. Our family preferred Pampers Cruisers.
What about an adult diaper?
Once my daughter got older, then we started looking for adult options.
At home, we wanted a brief. And that also worked easier for her transportation to and from school. Overnight, however, you can use a tabbed option.
Using a brief also helped with the toilet training as it was still a consistent thing from when she was younger.
Will my health insurance cover diapers for my teenager?
This will depend on your health insurance. My daughter is covered through Medicaid (because of her SSI), and in order to get larger diapers for her, it had to be ordered through a medical supplier. The other thing? Her pediatrician had to write a prescription.
Check with your state to see what’s covered and if you need further help, I would advise using specific language such as “disposable incontinent supplies” vs. diapers for autism.
Private health insurance may cover a portion of the costs, but not all costs.
This is also where it helps to have something like SSI in place because that can, and should, be used to cover costs related to diapers.