Many kids, even teenagers can struggle to stay dry throughout the night. Bed Wetting Alarms help reduce Bedwetting as these encourage night time dryness.
If you are considering buying a bedwetting alarm to help your child stop bedwetting, here are our 10 tips to help maximise the chances of achieving success whether your child is going through toilet training or experiencing night time enuresis or incontinence.
- Ensure your child has a clear understanding that waking to the sound of the alarm is the necessary action that will help them stop wetting the bed at night. Ensure they are committed to the concept of achieving dry nights through using the alarm and getting up when it goes off.
- Discuss with your son or daughter what you expect them to do when the alarm goes off, e.g. get out of bed, go to the bathroom (this is important), change their underwear and night wear and remove any wet bedding. Using a Brolly Sheet waterproof absorbent bed pad can reduce the need to change other bedding as these are designed to sit on top of existing bedding rather than underneath.
- When you start using the bedwetting alarm have realistic expectations. It can take two to three months on average for a child to be consistently dry at night, some children will take longer.
- At first, some children struggle to fully react to the alarm by waking and going to the bathroom on their own as this is a change in routine when an incident occurs. Re-acting when the alarm goes off is a learned response and you may need to assist this process with your child when they first start using the alarm by going in and waking them and talking through what has happened and what you expect them to do now.
- Don’t be worried if initially you find your child empties their bladder fully before they respond to the alarm. Over time, they will learn to stop the flow of urine when the alarm buzzes.
Don’t relax once the alarm has gone off, some children wet more than once a night so you will need to re-attach the alarm to their clean underwear after each wetting episode. As time progresses, the nightly wetting episodes will decrease.
- The journey to night-time dryness can be a difficult one for children, so praise and support should be given for positive actions such as wearing the alarm, going to the bathroom once you have gone into their bedroom, or changing their pants. They shouldn't just be praised for nights when they don't wet the bed. You might want to consider rewarding your child's success. Click on the link for a free download of our Night Time Bedwetting Progress chart. More progress charts for Daytime Potty and Toilet Training are available from our Free Downloads Page.
- Once your child seems to be consistently dry at night, encourage them to continue to wear the alarm until they have had 14 consecutive dry nights. It’s not unusual for children to occasionally have another accident after they appear to dry through the night. If this happens, use the alarm again until they have achieved 14 consecutive nights without wetting the bed. Discontinuing the alarm before your child is fully dry at night can lead to a relapse.
- Consider whether a wired or wireless alarm will be better for your child. Both fit into the child’s underwear but if your child moves a lot at night or is likely to get up during the night you may find the wireless alarm at better option.
- To make life simpler use a waterproof absorbent bed pad (such as a Brolly Sheet Bed Pad) on top of their normal bedding, and consider using a waterproof mattress cover, duvet protector and pillow protector as well to minimize the risk of dampness or urine stains on your mattress and bedding. Brolly Sheets offer a large range of specialist waterproof bedding.
Click here to see our full range of Bed Wetting Alarms or for visit our help and advice pages for more information on Day Time and Night Time Toilet training.