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US5582606: Absorbent article having dual barrier means

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Inventor(s) Mary A. Bruemmer · Paul J. Serbiak · Daniel R. Schlinz ·
Assignee(s) Kimberly-Clarke Corporation ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Thomas J. Mielke ·
Primary Examiner Clarke; Robert A. H. ·
Application Number US8447866
Filing date 05/23/1995
Issue date 12/10/1996
Predicted expiration date 12/02/2012
U.S. Classifications 604/385.2  · 604/373  ·
International Classifications A61F 1315  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 604358;373;385.2 ·
Related U.S. Application DataThis is a divisional application of copending U.S. application Ser. No. 07/984,390, filed on Dec. 2, 1992 pending.
22 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

Disclosed is an absorbent article, including a pair of containment flaps, which containment flaps are particularly well suited for use on an absorbent article having a relatively narrow crotch. Specifically, the containment flaps include a proximal edge and a distal edge. The proximal edge is adhered to a bodyside liner of the absorbent product with the distal edge being adhered to the bodyside liner at a point outboard of the proximal edge. Alternatively, the proximal edge and distal edge are adhered to the bodyside liner in a manner to form a C-fold in the containment flap. The C-fold may be inboard or outboard facing.

Independent Claims | See all claims (22)

  1. 1. An absorbent article having a front portion, a rear portion, and a crotch portion connecting said front and rear portions, said crotch portion having opposite longitudinal side portions, said article comprising:a liquid-permeable bodyside liner;an outer cover;an absorbent core located between said bodyside liner and said outer cover;a pair of elasticized, longitudinally-extending led cuffs located in said crotch portion at said opposite longitudinal side portions; anda pair of containment flaps extending longitudinally from said front portion to said rear portion and having a proximal edge and a distal edge, said proximal edge being joined to said bodyside liner in said crotch portion and in said front and rear portions, said distal edge being joined to said bodyside liner in said front portion and said rear portion outboard of the point at which the proximal edge is joined to said bodyside liner and being unjoined to said bodyside liner in at least a portion of said crotch portion wherein said containment flap is C folded in said front portion and said rear portion.
  2. 6. An absorbent article having a front portion, a rear portion, and a crotch portion connecting said front and rear-portions, said crotch portion having oppositely disposed longitudinal side portions, said absorbent article comprising:a liquid-permeable bodyside liner;an outer cover;an absorbent core located between said bodyside liner and said outer cover;a pair of elasticized, longitudinally-extending leg cuffs located in said crotch portion at said oppositely disposed longitudinal side portions; anda pair of containment flaps extending longitudinally from said front portion to said rear portion and having a proximal edge and a distal edge, said proximal edge being joined to said bodyside liner in said crotch portion inboard of said leg cuff and in said front and rear portions, said distal edge being joined to said bodyside liner in at least one of said front portion or said rear portion such that the shortest distance between a point at which said proximal edge is joined to said bodyside liner and a point at which said distal edge is joined to said bodyside liner is less than the width of the containment flap thereby forming a C-fold with portions of said containment flaps.

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