How do bedwetting alarms work?

How do bedwetting alarms work?

You may have heard of bedwetting alarms but you aren’t sure how they work or how successful they are in curing bedwetting.

Basically bedwetting alarms aim to help your child wake when recognizing the sensation to urinate. It’s about conditioning the brain to wake up when the bladder feels full.

Modern alarms are ‘wearable’ with a sensor in the ‘wet zone’ and a loud sounding alarm. When the sensor is exposed to wetness (urine) the alarm makes a loud noise to wake your child. At the beginning, when the alarm sounds you may need to help wake your child.  Eventually your child (and you) will wake to the alarm and you will need to take him/her to the toilet to completely empty his/her bladder of any “left over” urine. Initially your child is likely to empty his bladder before reaching the toilet, but with practice this should improve.

Using the alarm for days or weeks and waking up just after wetting should eventually “condition” your child to wake up prior to wetting. Once your child establishes a consistent pattern of waking during the night prior to wetting then you will no longer need the alarm.

If used correctly and consistently alarms have a proven success rate of 80%.

How long does it take? Well, that varies considerably. Some children are dry within days others can take up to 12 weeks. Consistency and motivation are the key.

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