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My teen has been wearing a brand called Depends. It’s supposed to be a light and nonbulky diaper. I don’t understand, please help.

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    Is this a recent change? What is the reason he wets the bed?
    – AsheraH
    Apr 8, 2021 at 5:02
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    Have you seen a doctor about this?
    – nick012000
    Apr 10, 2021 at 5:58

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Bed Wetting for teens is not uncommon. Other than diapers a good option is to monitor water consumption and urination before bed. And a mid-night alarm to get up and urinate would help getting rid of this.

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I grew up wearing diapers to bed. Positive family attitude made all the difference. 4 boys and I was the only bedwetter. I also struggled during the day and had way too many daytime accidental wetting issues. I usually wore layers of briefs with plastic pants during the day. I rarely had any teasing from brothers. I decided I would stop the diapers when I entered high school. After a couple months of nightly floods I put myself back in diapers. Later urodynamic testing showed I had a neurogenic bladder and from my history the dr. Said likely since birth. I was also told it was not a curable condition. I guess the trick is attitude.

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Not sure diaper is a good idea. It can hurt his self esteem, making him feel helpless.

Unless this is some known medical condition and doctor advised to use a diaper, I'd have him just sleep normally, and if he wakes up wet during the night, help him change sheets, and get back to sleep on clean sheets again.

This way he should feel both more comfortable, and more in control over his actions.

If you prefer a diaper anyway (e.g. what I said before, medical condition) then I'd suggest a different brand that can be more comfortable on the skin, and absorb the urine better. From quick search I've made, a brand that got good reviews is this: (note: link might be blocked by adblockers)

Amazon page with product details

Surely there are others, you can try few different brands and see which feels best for your teen son. Good luck!

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    A teen can change his own sheets. No need for the parents to be involved. He can also do the laundry.
    – swbarnes2
    Apr 19, 2021 at 18:20
  • @swbarnes2 ideally, sure. But not all teens are so independent. Sure, it can be part of education, but that's out of scope here. I just know for sure that there are teens who don't change their own sheets and don't do laundry. Apr 20, 2021 at 8:54
  • @swbarnes2 It's possible that this particular teen is low functioning. OP didn't give enough information for us to tell if said teen would be able to change his own sheets.
    – forest
    Apr 26, 2021 at 3:19
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Since the question is asking specifically for a diaper option and not some form of cognitive-behavioral treatment...

The brand I would recommend is North Shore diapers <northshore.com>. They are high absorbing and very comfortable. They are used frequently for Crohn’s disease with all-day use. They should handle enuresis no problem with good comfort.

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I have just noticed the question mention usage of Depends, so I have possible explanation to the "weird feeling" for the person in question.

Depends isn't really a diaper but rather an absorbent, disposable underwear. This means it can absorb only limited amount of urine, and if there is more, it becomes heavy and even start to leak. This can explain the issue.

Solution is simply to use "real" diaper, that can absorb more urine without becoming "heavy" or leaking. (See my other answer to get an example of such diaper.)

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