Bedwetting Alarm for Potty Training

Nov 09, 2009
Many parents want to know when and how to potty train their children. There are several approaches to potty training and now parents can try one more method - using bedwetting alarm.

The recent study showed that bedwetting alarms are quite effective to teach your child how to stay dry without diapers. During the study published in Neurology and Urodynamics journal, 39 children in day-care centers aged between 18 and 30 months were divided into two groups. One group was given bedwetting alarm in their diapers and the other group had the similar device without sound. All the children were monitored for 10 hours before the research, at the end of the three-week experiment and two weeks after the study.

The results of the study showed that children, who had bedwetting alarms had 51,9 percent success in potty training, while children without bedwetting alarms managed to potty train in 8,3 percent of cases.

The use of bedwetting alarm proved to be effective for toilet training of the toddlers. The bedwetting alarm is usually used for bedwetting treatment of older children, who continue wetting the bed at night. The alarm signals at the slightest signs of wetness to alert the child about going to the bathroom. Thus the child learns to have bladder control with or without the help of the parents.

The bedwetting alarm is attached to the child's underwear or pajamas or it can be worn attached to the diaper for potty training in younger kids. In this case parents or caretakers will be immediately alerted at the first signs of wetness or bowel movements and they can let he child use the potty or toilet. This gives the adults an opportunity to perform their usual activities without nonstop watching at child's readiness to urinate or have bowel movements.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics potty training is an important milestone for a child. The age when the child is potty trained has increased in the last decades from 18 months on average to 21-36 months in our days. The use of disposable diapers, pull-ups and the availability of modern washing facilities led to the later initiation of potty training. Also nowadays potty training is delayed because the child is thought to be immature to initiate potty training at earlier age.

The use of bedwetting alarm for potty training has a number of advantages. First of all, the child and his parents or day-care providers will be alerted about the leakage immediately. Secondly, the bedwetting alarm increases the child's awareness of bladder control. In addition bedwetting alarm is effective way of potty training in a child-friendly manner.