DO BEDWETTING ALARMS REALLY WORK?
Bedwetting alarms are one of the most effective products on the market when it comes to managing nocturnal enuresis.
The reason they are so popular is because they actually condition your child to wake up when their bladder is full and are thought to be a positive step towards curing bedwetting, as opposed to simply managing it.
Many children report feeling a sense of control over their situation when using a bedwetting alarm, which is important during a time where many suffer a loss of confidence. Alarms are a good option for children who have reached school age and are motivated to stop bedwetting.
Do bedwetting alarms work?
The best approach to treatment is the conditioning alarm.
Bedwetting alarms work by setting off an alarm when your child starts to wet, waking them up so that they get up and go to the toilet.
The alarm conditions the child to become aware that the bladder is full and they should now wake up and go to the toilet.
It is not unusual for the alarm not to work at first and may take up to 6 months of constant use.
Children may experience one or two relapses, when this occurs you need to reintroduce and repeat the process.
There are many different alarms and it is important that you choose the right alarm for your child.
And keep in mind alarms work best when children are motivated to become dry.
HOW DO BEDWETTING ALARMS WORK?
Bedwetting alarms are designed to sound when their sensors detect the first drop of urine. Your child will then (hopefully) wake up to the alarm, take themselves to the bathroom, and finish urinating in the toilet.
The theory is that after six to eight weeks of use, your child will be able to wake without the alarm or have enough bladder control to hold it until morning.
Around 70% of children become dry during treatment and nearly 50% achieve nighttime continence after treatment completion.
TYPES OF BEDWETTING ALARMS
The world of bedwetting alarms continues to advance technologically and there is now a range of features to consider when choosing one for your child. Review the features you’d like and check them against the model you buy.
INTRODUCING A BEDWETTING ALARM
Bedwetting alarms are more successful in motivating children who are at least five years old. Discuss how the alarm works with your child and make sure they are happy and comfortable using it.
If your child is a deep sleeper, you may have to help them wake up to the alarm when they first start using it, but they should be fine after a week.