Bedwetting Alarm Treatment

Apr 10, 2009
For many parents and children dealing with the problem of bedwetting becomes a hard task. A child, who is bedwetting, has a weak control over urination, waking up with wet sheets almost every night. The problem is common for children aged around 5 to 8 years, but in some cases may persist till ages 10 and over. Children with night time wetting need to learn to respond to full bladder in time. Bedwetting alarms are considered to be ones of the most effective methods for enuresis treatment.

What is a bedwetting alarm?

Bedwetting or enuresis alarm is a device that is used to help a child with enuresis discontinue wetting the bed. The alarm has a sensor that reacts to the moisture and alerts the child to wake up so that the child can go to the bathroom. The device emits a loud sound or vibrations to learn the child react to the full bladder, which is a common problem for children having enuresis. With bedwetting alarm parents can control bedwetting or allow their child respond to the sensation of full bladder.

Types of bedwetting alarms

Wireless bedwetting alarms

This type of bedwetting alarms are designed to be attached on child's underwear. The sensor is sewn to the underwear detecting the moisture, while the receiver is placed into the wall or other surface. In order to turn off the alarming sound, the child needs to get out of bed, which makes it easier to go to the bathroom rather than sleeping through the sound.

Wearable bedwetting alarms

Wearable alarms have the sensor worn on the child's underwear, while the alarm unit is connected to the sensor through a cord that is attached to the pajamas. The alarm responds to the slightest signs of moisture, signaling the child about immediate urination. In this case, a child does not need to get out of bed to turn off the alarm.

Pad-type bedwetting alarms

This bedwetting alarm systems has the pad as a sensor or use special device placed on genital area to detect the drops of urine. Usually, the child is required to sleep on the pad, and the sensor on the pad activates when the urine leaks on it. This type of bedwetting alarms is considered to be less comfortable than wireless or wearable alarms as the urine must leak onto a pad so that the sound can be activated. Some children also find them less convenient because of the harder material and the risk that the pad can be misplaced during the sleep.

How to use bedwetting alarm

  1. Help your child get familiar with the bedwetting alarm. Explain that this device will help him or her stay dry throughout the night. During the day show your child how the alarm works, by touching the sensor with wet finger and ask the child to go to the bathroom once he or she hears the sound. First time your child may need your help, but later will be able to use the bedwetting alarm alone.
  2. Attach the sensor to the outside of your child's underwear and place the alarm system to its place (usually a night stand, wall or pajamas). Try to use snug fitting panties or briefs for better response of the alarm. Make sure your child has a night-light to wake up and turn off the bedwetting alarm system when needed.
  3. When the child hears the sound of the bedwetting alarm, he or she should get out of bed, turn off the alarm and go to the bathroom to urinate as soon as possible.
  4. The child should remove the sensor from the underwear if it became wet and put on dry underwear and reattach the sensor.
  5. The bedwetting alarm should be used consistently over several weeks or months before your child learns to stay dry throughout the night. Using the alarm will help to teach the brain respond to full bladder, gradually improving the enuresis condition in your child.