How to Choose a Bedwetting Alarm

Jun 15, 2009
Bedwetting or enuresis is one of the most common problems for children after age of six and their parents. There are several ways to help you child stop bedwetting, including the use of bedwetting alarms.

Bedwetting alarm is a specially designed alarm that responds to moisture to remind the child visit the bathroom. The bedwetting alarm often goes in forms of underwear alarm that your child can wear at night, a pad-type alarm or wireless bedwetting alarm.

There are several things to take into consideration while choosing a bedwetting alarm:

Comfortable in use

Keep in mind that your child should feel comfortable while using a bedwetting alarm. The alarm will be attached to a child, so make sure that you child is not tangled by wires or the alarm is misplaced at night. Wireless bedwetting alarms are more convenient for children as you won't have much fuss with wires.

Bedwetting alarms are meant for regular purpose, so you will need to make sure that the alarm is easy to care and clean it daily.


One of the most important options to consider is the reliability of the bedwetting alarm. The good alarm should consistently react to the urine drops but not to other moisture like sweating. The bedwetting alarm with sensor contacts within the clip will ensure this. Choose the alarms that are easy to operate and set up.

The alarm should be reliably attached to the underwear of the child to prevent it from falling off during sleep. In case it is dropped by a child, the alarm system should resist such accidents. The clip should be firmly attached to the underwear.

Noise level

The bedwetting alarm has the alarm built in to signal about the wetting. The alarm should be loud enough to hear it but not too noisy to scare the child. Check if the alarm has the option of varying the noise level. It is even better if it has such additional features as vibrating options. If you want to help your child using bedwetting alarm, it would be useful to check if the alarm has additional remote sensor.

Useful Items for Bedwetting

Remember that your child will be learning to stay dry at night using the bedwetting alarm and you will need additional protection against urine leakage. Disposable underpants and reusable absorbent briefs can absorb the urine and prevent odor. Many parents use them during traveling or for daytime wetting. Also make use of waterproof sheet protectors or mattress pads that are placed on top of or under the bed sheet to ensure protection of the mattress and sheets from moisture and stains.


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Mar 05, 2016 12:58 PM » posted by: Kim
I would recommend the chummie bedwetting alarm. This alarm has multiple tones to Overcome the possibility of 'auditory accommodation'.
Bed wetters should visit the manufacturers site for additional information at http://chummie.com

Apr 04, 2013 04:30 PM » posted by: Tiffany Morlan
Malem didn't work for my son. The one tone caused Auditory Accommodation within a week.

I made a BIG Mistake by choosing the Malem Alarm as they don't accept returns.

Now I need to start treatment once again. This time with an alarm that has multiple tones.

Aug 04, 2012 04:52 AM » posted by: Auth
It really depneds on the system. All of the bigger alarm companies use around the same level of product as far as quality. Be advised of the following, what the alarm companys do is sign you to a contract for years at a time. Say 4 yrs for 199.00 Right? ok and what they do is incrementally increase your monthly fee after that. The average total equipment cost for a small residential alarm system is right around that 199.00 wholesale so they lose a few bucks on the initial install to get you signed on for years at a time. They usually tie right into your phone system and if improperly installed , depending on your area they may have fines for false alarms. If you live in an area where home invasion is a possibility I would have one installed for sure. But make sure you shop around, Brinks and ADT are national companys. they sometimes pay installers by the job so sometimes these guys race in and out and are pulling baseboards to route wires all over and if improperly done can be a real mess. Professional installations costs far more, not so much for the equipment as they are typically about the same at the entry level, but for the time for a professional installer to come in and hide every wire. I would insist that not a wire show and that can be done , dont let them tell you different as I have done it, 15 yrs ago I did so. I am now a licensed master electrician and do much larger scale work. So in summation, if you feel unsafe in your neghborhood, have a high crime area, its worth it for the fire and the ability to silently call for help from a key pad. Things to avoid, Wireless systems, more trouble than what they are worth. Get a good Hard wired system installed professionally and make sure you read the total cost of what your signing. make sure they will pay for any fines incurred by an ill operating system. And if you do have one installed make sure they take hours with you to completely train you in the operation of your alarm system. get them to include this service in writing up front. And lastly I hope you never need to use an alarm. Other questions to ask, The systems use a dialer to call in, if in an emergency the alarm will cut off telephone service until it is finished dialing in. Also check and see where and how fast there dial up system is. I have seen where in remote locations its a long distance call to a monitoring center and there are also little system checks that can report in requiring a phone call usually programmed in the night. But if this call is long distance it can add to telephone bill. Also the battery back up on the controls, for 30 dollars a month you should get a new battery installed for free every two years or so, I would also ask for this. Watch for wording in the contract that allows them to raise the rates , and especially after your contract expires expect the rate to rise, they do this to all of there customers. i once went to a clients home to find she had been paying 90 dollars a month, She had been a customer with them for many many years. What i did was replaced her old system with a new one, charged her nothing, and placed her on a new contract Probably why i dont work there anymore LOL Anyway I have saved people with alarm systems and I have seen where it was a bad place to have it.Oh if you have pets , dont let anyone fool you into saying they have a special pet lense, its all BS, they always end up setting it off trust me I have taken them out in the old days..Good Luck

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