I recently had the opportunity to exhibit at both the AAFP (American Academy of Family Practitioners) and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) annual educational meetings. I met hundreds of physicians and nurse practitioners from all over the country and talked with them about their recommendations for children in their practices who have bedwetting.
By far, these doctors recommended bedwetting alarms as the first line of treatment for children and families who are ready to get to dryness. Most were familiar with the on-going research that proves that bedwetting alarms are the most effective cure for bedwetting. Some had concerns about the cost and safety of medications which could be prescribed for bedwetting. All were dismayed about the fact that health insurance often covers expensive medications but frequently does not reimburse for inexpensive bedwetting alarms. Two doctors stated that they had written appeals to their insurers about this situation. Even though it might take less time to write a prescription, many doctors offered information about bedwetting alarms and how effective they are to their patients. They told their patients that it is not a quick fix but a permanent cure that pays off in the whole picture.
Many of the physicians had used alarms for their own children with bedwetting and stated that they share this knowledge and experience with their patients. At least 6 came to our exhibit and thanked us for speaking with them last year about their own children. Their success stories were fun to hear about. About a third of the health care providers had never seen or touched an alarm, even though they recommended them.
We had working samples of different styles of bedwetting alarms for them to learn about. Comments we heard were, “Wow, this is much smaller than I thought it would be.” “This is easy enough for the kids to hook up themselves.” “The ones with the receiver for the parents’ room are a great idea”. “This looks and sounds like a toy- I can see why kids wouldn’t mind using this”. We enjoyed talking to new doctors in their residency and medical school, who were eager to see current products. Their lectures on urine and stool problems did not cover much about treatment and types of bedwetting alarms.
My goal was to remind the medical community that using a bedwetting alarm can effectively eliminate years of embarrassing wetting episodes. Any school-aged child who suffers from nighttime wetting can benefit from this simple device.