Absorbent Wearing Article And Flexible Structural Unit Available Thereto

February 7, 2013

U.S. Patent No.: 8,221,377 B2 

Inventor(s): Yoshitaka Mishima, Kagawa-ken, Japan. Assigned to Uni-Charm Corporation, Ehime, Japan.

Filed: 2/5/10

Issued: 7/17/12

A body fluid absorbent wearing article having a longitudinal direction, a transverse direction and a thickness direction, said article comprising: a front waist region and a rear waist region extending in said transverse direction, and a crotch region extending between said waist regions in said longitudinal direction; an excrement receiving structure extending at least in said crotch region; a liquid-absorbent structure having a liquid-absorbent surface adapted to face a wearer’s skin; wherein said excrement receiving structure has a plurality of passages defined by flexible walls; and each of said plurality of passages has a first opening facing said liquid-absorbent surface and a second opening facing away from said liquid-absorbent surface; and a pair of leak-barrier cuffs extending along lateral edges of said excrement receiving structure in said longitudinal direction, wherein said pair of leak-barrier cuffs comprise proximal edges permanently attached to said liquid-absorbent surface and elasticized distal edges; said excrement receiving structure has transversely opposite sides permanently bonded to said pair of leak-barrier cuffs between said proximal edges and said elasticized distal edges; and the excrement receiving structure is suspended at the transversely opposite sides by the leak-barrier cuffs to be separable from the liquid-absorbent surface in the thickness direction.