As a child grows older, he or she also develops the ability for bladder control. Usually by the age of 5, a child can sense a full bladder and respond appropriately by going to the bathroom to urinate- even in sleep. However, there are a large percentage of children who suffer from bedwetting and have to undergo treatment for this condition.
Bedwetting alarm is one of the most used and highly effective systems to treat this condition. With the alarm, child’s reflexes are conditioned to respond appropriately to a full bladder by going to the bathroom. With continued use of the alarm, the child stops bed wetting completely (unless of course, there are some other medical reasons causing it). As easy as it sounds, you have to be careful when selecting this type of product for your child. There are two types of alarms popularly used:
• Clip on Alarm: These alarms are very easy to use and your child can be trained to use the alarm himself/herself. The alarm is clipped on to the pajamas/underwear of your child, and there is a sensor on the alarm which instantly detects even a drop of moisture, and an alarm is set off which wakes the child up. You have to train your child to visit the bathroom as soon as the alarm sounds and finish urinating in the bathroom. It is very important to so train your child because he or she (whether sleepy or lazy) can simply turn off the alarm without using the bathroom making the system ineffective.
• Wireless Alarm: In this type of alarm, the moisture sensor and the alarm are not attached by a wire. The sensor is attached to the child’s underwear and the alarm is to be kept away from the child. If your child is a deep sleeper or avoids visiting the bathroom even after the alarm goes off, this would prove highly effective. The child will have to get up and get out of bed even if to turn off the alarm. You can then easily train your child to make a trip to the bathroom before switching off the alarm.
The feedback from most of the parents is that their child is either too sound a sleeper to wake up with the alarm, or that their child refuses to wear the alarm/pulls off the alarm once in bed. While these problems need positive and patient training by the parents, there are some alarms that address these problems. As mentioned above, wireless alarms force the child to get out of bed- all you need to do is to make sure that your child does visit the bathroom.
There are also some alarms that require a double reset method to stop the alarm to prevent accidental or deliberate pulling off of the alarm. In this type of alarm, the sensor has to be removed from moisture and dried before the alarm can be reset.
It’s also important to check the sound of the alarm. It should be loud enough to wake the child but also the parents. In the initial days of use, your child will need your active involvement. You will have to make sure your child does wake up, visit the bathroom, change into dry clothes and reset the alarm before going back to bed.
For a bed wetting alarm to be effective, the child has to wake up and visit the bathroom at the sound of the alarm, as this would form into a regular habit even after the alarm usage is discontinued. With proper use of the alarm, your child should be able to stop wetting the bed within 6 months.