Bedwetting occurs on a global scale and is considered a normal occurrence up to a certain point in a person’s life. Bedwetting is an embarrassing event for any adult and being unable to get a good night’s sleep can wreak havoc in our daily lives. Thankfully, there is a solution for all those involved, namely, an enuresis alarm. This device uses behavioral training and is highly efficient in treating nocturnal bedwetting. It has supplanted previous practices such as withholding liquid intake for a certain amount of time before going to bed, which have not proved useful in the past.
How they work
Not all bedwetting alarms work the same way. There are two types of alarms, the basic audio alarm and the vibrating kind. The way bedwetting alarms work is that a sensor that detects moisture in the air is situated under the bed covers or the child’s undergarment and when urination occurs, the moisture sensor triggers the vibration or audio alarm depending on the type being used.
In the case of the audio alarm, the actual audio portion of it will be placed on the shoulder of the child. The audio piece is connected to a wire that runs down and connects with the afore-mentioned moisture sensor. When micturition occurs, the sensor detects the urine and prompts the audio alarm to go off, waking up the child. Upon being alerted and waking up, the child should proceed to the restroom to complete voiding and when returning to sleep, he or she must cleanse the moisture sensor, to make sure that the bedwetting alarm is reset before going back to sleep.
There are vibrating bedwetting alarms that are manufactured to function wirelessly upon sensing urine. The obvious benefit of this type of bedwetting alarm is that the child does not need to wear any sensors in his or her underwear. Rather, a very tiny wire is constructed within the underwear as well as a small transmitter that connects to the exterior pants. The downside to this option is that some parents need to be alerted when the bedwetting alarm goes off, and the buzzing type of alarm is not an option for them due to this reason. However, for a child who does not require that type of extra care and is seeking to keep a low profile by maintaining discretion on his/her side, the vibrating bedwetting alarm is a great option.
Bedwetting Alarm Characteristics to Consider
- Comfort: Take note of how your child sleeps. If they have a tendency, to sleep face down and on their abdomen, sleeping with a sensor in their underwear in this position might be too uncomfortable for them. Whereas other children sleep on their sides, resting on their shoulders and are bothered by the worry of crushing or negating the alarm. A good recommendation for parents in this case would be to go wirelessly with their choice of bedwetting alarm.
- Audible Volume: Does your child’s sleeping pattern show propensity for deep slumber? While this is a good thing since it shows he/she is fully resting, it may be more difficult for them to be able to hear some audibly lower bedwetting alarms. If your child is difficult to awaken, a louder alarm should greatly help.
- Styles: For wireless bedwetting alarms, the sensor is in the underwear which transmits the signal to the actual alarm that remotely receives this signal when it is time to alert the user.
A wearable bedwetting alarm requires a moisture sensor in the underwear that is connected to an alarm placed on the shoulder.
Pad bedwetting alarms require the moisture sensor to be put on the child’s sleeping mat/pad that is connected to an alarm next to the mat/pad.
- Buzzing Sensor: If the person in question normally slumbers profoundly, adding this feature to an audible alarm ensures that the person actually wakes up to void.
As the user/child maintains sustained use of these bedwetting alarms, they will slowly train themselves to wake up when leakage occurs and increase their ability to halt urination and leakage. While this may sound like a ready-made solution, it requires time and patience from both the user and the parent/caregiver. An average of two months of training are usually required to see significant improvement. Naturally, success stories are varied among different children, families, and caregivers. Having said this, bedwetting alarms are safe, inexpensive and do not require any type of medication. Instead, these alarms use basic bedwetting training to help the user overcome this nightly nuisance.