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.