What Is A Bedwetting Alarm?


Once a child reaches 18 to 24 months old, many parents eagerly begin the toilet training process in the hopes of no longer using diapers. However, it is important for the parents to realize that training should not commence before the child demonstrates signs that he or she is ready to transition out of diapers. It is not uncommon for children to be unable to control their bladder properly until 2.5 or 3 years old. Signs to watch for that are indications of being ready include, consistently waking from naps with a dry diaper, the toddler or preschooler stating or showing interest in using the bathroom, being bothered by a wet or soiled diaper, or when they let you know that their diaper needs to be changed.

After a child has displayed some of these and other behaviors, it may be helpful to introduce their own potty which they can become comfortable with. Toilet training may happen quickly or have many setbacks and it could take 6 months or so to become trained during the day. Using the bathroom should not be forced upon the child and if they are still having many daytime accidents then you should probably wait a while before trying again. Another concern many parents have following potty training is the issue of how to keep their child from wetting the bed during the night. Although a child may be completely free of diapers during the day it is not uncommon to have trouble remaining dry during nighttime sleep.

Bed-wetting, or enuresis, is the term used for a child who wets the bed during the times when he or she is asleep. There are a number of potential reasons for bed-wetting although no exact cause has been discovered. These reasons include genetics, problems with bladder development, stress, or difficulties with waking up from sleep. Usually a child under the age of six will not be treated for bed-wetting as it does not indicate a medical problem. Ideas that may help with managing nighttime accidents are limiting fluids before bed, using the bathroom beforehand, and involving the child in cleaning up when they do have an accident. Punishing the child for wetting the bed will not help treat the bedwetting and therefore is discouraged.

Given that there is much variability in how quickly and early a child becomes toilet trained during the daytime and while sleeping, medical intervention is usually not necessary. However, if a child is still unable to remain dry throughout the night by age 6 or 7 then it is time to focus on medicine and behavior treatment options. The child’s pediatrician will look at the medical history, ask questions regarding school and home life, and do a physical examination. A behavioral treatment method is more often utilized prior to considering drug treatment. One popular and effective behavioral method is a bed-wetting alarm system. It is a small, battery-operated unit that detects moisture on the child’s pajamas and activates an alarm to wake the child. The alarm will either make a sound or vibrate. This moisture sensor can either be attached to the child’s underwear and include a wireless alarm, be a pair of specialized underwear that includes the sensor, or a pad that the child lies on and detects the moisture. The sensors that are placed on the child are much more sensitive to moisture and will activate the alarm almost immediately upon beginning urination while pad alarms require the person to be sleeping on the pad and only detects a large amount of urine before activating the alarm. The concept of a bed-wetting alarm is that after consistently waking to the alarm, the child will learn to realize the sensation of a full bladder and wake without the use of any device. This occurs over a period of time but once the bed-wetting is controlled there is only a small chance of relapse.

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