Bedwetting alarms are considered the most useful and successful way to treat bedwetting.
Research has shown these alarms will help more than 80% of children become dry, and most children will then stay dry.
This treatment requires a supportive and helpful family and may take 4-12 weeks to work. Every child is different in the length of time it takes. Alarms have good long-term success and fewer relapses than medication.
Bedwetting alarms aim to help your child wake when recognizing the sensation to urinate. When exposed to wetness (urine) the alarm makes a loud noise and vibrates to wake your child. The sound needs to be loud enough and quick enough to wake your child prior to complete bladder emptying. When beginning your child will wet and the alarm will sound. Your child (and you) will wake up and you will need to take him/her to the toilet to completely empty his/her bladder of any “left over” urine. Initially your child is likely to empty his bladder before reaching the toilet, but with practice this should improve.
Using the alarm for days or weeks and waking up just after wetting should eventually “condition” your child to wake up prior to wetting. Once your child establishes a consistent pattern of waking during the night prior to wetting then you will no longer need the alarm. However some children do have relapses and the alarm may need to be used for a short time again to get your child back on track.
Some bedwetting alarms, such as the WetStop3 has a sensor that is attached to the underpants. A cord connects the sensor to an alarm that is secured to the pyjama top or near your child’s ear. Other alarms, such as the Rodger Alarm are wireless and sensors are sewn into the underpants with a small transmitter connected to the waistband of the special underwear.
Research shows that bedwetting alarms are safe and effective in correcting bedwetting in 50-85% of children. Bedwetting alarms are the most successful of all conventional and commonly used bedwetting treatments. The success rates are, however, dependent on several factors.
The most important factors for success are the amount of parental and child involvement and motivation. Bedwetting alarms usually require parent and child working together to follow through with the routine of setting up the alarm, waking to the alarm sound/vibration and assisting with finishing urination in the toilet. Dependent on your child’s age, overtime they may be able to work through this routine without your assistance and this is quite common.
Tips & Advice
When you first get the alarm home, practice the whole routine a few times. You can use a glass of salty water to set the alarm off instead of urine. Talk over the routine together each night as he or she gets ready for bed.
If your child is a deep sleeper, you may have to wake him or her up when the alarm sounds for the first few nights. Most deep sleepers then get used to waking to the sound of the alarm.
Tips for using the Alarm
- Motivate your child and get him/her excited about using the alarm.
- Make setting the alarm part of your every day bedtime routine.
- Do not skip nights or just use it in special cases.
- Make sure the alarm is loud enough for you to hear.
- Make the alarm as comfortable as possible.
- Do not let the amount or frequencies of wetting discourage you from using it.
- Make sure the volume and vibration are appropriately set.
- Make sure the sensor is secure to the underwear in ’line of fire’.
- Position the wires inside the pajama top.
- Check the batteries regularly.
- Show your child how the alarm works and get him/her to set and position it each night.
- Avoid using diapers or pull-ups—your child should feel the wetness.
- Give plenty of encouragement and praise.
- Stick to the plan.
Bedwetting Alarm Advice
When the alarm sounds and it is time to take your child to the toilet make sure they are fully awake. The idea is to teach your child’s unconscious mind to recognise the feeling of ‘having to wee’ and use that recognition to squeeze down on the sphincter muscle.
If your child is in a very deep sleep you will need to wake him up to go. Over time, you should see a gradual reduction in the amount of urine released. Your child will still wet the bed throughout treatment, but they will gradually be able to react and use their sphincter muscles before completely letting go of their bladder until they finally reach the point of complete control.
You may decide to start the treatment of using a bedwetting alarm during school holidays or in the summer when nights are not so cold for you to get out of bed.
Try sharing the ‘getting-up’ during the night with your partner. During this time you will feel tired from the interrupted sleep, but perseverance now will be worth the effort in the long run.
Which alarm is right for you?
The WetStop3 Alarm and the Rodger Wireless Alarm both do the same job. They are both reliable, easy-to-use and effective.
The major difference between the alarms is that the WetStop3 uses a cord from the sensor (attach to your child’s underwear – wet spot) to the alarm (attach to child’s pyjama top). It is also battery-powered.
The Rodger Alarm is wireless and comes with special underpants with sensor threads sewn into the cotton. The small transmitter is attached to the waistband of the underwear and the receiver plugs into the wall.
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