Sleeps Through Alarm

I was worried that this alarm would be so loud that my daughter would be scared in the nighttime. The opposite is true. She doesn’t even hear the Malem Ultimate alarm, even though it has a loud sound and vibrates, too. She has used it about two weeks now and doesn’t even remember it going off. It goes off once or twice a night and I have been going to her room and waking her up when it sounds. Is this the right thing to do?

Yes, you are doing the right thing. You are helping her body learn that this noise is important and that the right response is to get out of bed and walk to the bathroom to urinate. We know that children can be conditioned to respond to familiar sounds and eventually know how to respond to that sound. You will begin to see smaller areas of wetness in the bed and urine left to empty in the toilet as she makes progress. Stopping the urine flow will begin to happen subconsciously when the alarm sounds. You may also begin to see her sitting up and making a move toward getting out of bed. The time it takes for these things to happen varies from one child to the next but you should see some progress over the next few weeks.

In the daytime, she is able to hold in her urine until she gets to the bathroom. She will learn to do this in the nighttime, too. Continue making sure that she gets out of bed and to the bathroom when the alarm sounds. She will eventually learn to get up before the alarm sounds or to hold her urine until morning.

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