When to Treat Bedwetting

The best time to treat bedwetting is when it starts to become an issue. The good news is that bedwetting alarms are such an effective, non-medicinal way to end bedwetting that no family has to “wait until they outgrow it”. Waiting and doing nothing is old-school advice. Every child is different, so there is no absolute right time for every child.

When deciding on the right time, ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

Is your child around 6 years old and wetting most nights?
Most children have developed the ability to stay dry all night by this age. Some 5 year-olds are motivated to become dry and some 7 year olds are not. Primary bedwetting means that it has always been present and in most cases, the bladder and kidneys are perfectly normal.

Does your child make comments about wanting to be dry and not wear pull-ups to bed?
Children begin to notice that others their age no longer wear pull-ups or that a younger sibling or cousin can stay dry.

Is this a calm time without a lot of family stressors?
Some times are better for learning new behaviors than others. New babies, job changes, moves and marriage troubles can be stressful for any family. Wait until these things have smoothed out before attempting to work on nighttime dryness.

Is your child beginning to get invitations for sleepovers and camps?
Social activities with peers are important for any school aged child. Some children are easy going and are fine with wearing a pull-up for overnight activities. Others turn down every invitation until they are consistently dry.

Is your child reliably dry during the day and having daily bowel movements?
Daytime wetting and constipation in school aged children should be evaluated by your health care provider. You can be assured that infection, diabetes, and constipation are not contributing to the nighttime wetting.

If the answers to these questions are mostly YES, this may be the right time to discuss using a bedwetting alarm to sense the wetting and help your child put together that important brain-bladder connection.

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Visit from Rodger Alarm Manufacturer

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We had the good fortune of meeting with the manufacturer of the Rodger Wireless and Clippo Bedwetting alarms, Rob Alink and his wife Leonie. They traveled from their office in the Netherlands to snow packed Maryland to see our office and meet our Bedwetting Store/Just Health Shops team members. Rob was eager to hear our feedback about his popular Rodger Wireless Alarm, which is the #1 alarm used in the Netherlands. Our customers give it 4.5/5 stars, based on 486 reviews, which demonstrates that it is as well liked in the US as in their home country. This alarm is so simple to use that even the youngest children can pull on the specially designed sensor underwear and snap on the transmitter.

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When Bedwetting Alarm Doesn’t Work

“Using a bedwetting alarm did not work for my 8 year old son. We used it for two weeks last year but he never heard it or got up when it sounded. So we stopped it and are searching for another solution”.

Using a bedwetting alarm correctly makes all the difference between success and “failure”. Used correctly, bedwetting alarms can cure bedwetting in more than 80% of the children who use them. Re-try using the bedwetting alarm if your son is motivated to end his bedwetting.

Here are 4 tips to help:
Learn about what to expect.

Most children sleep through the loud sound or can’t process what they need to do when they wake to the alarm. This is a normal response. Remember, in the beginning the alarm should also alert parents. When you hear the alarm, go to your son’s room. Help him get the alarm turned off and walk to the bathroom. Even though it seems that he is “sleeping through” the alarm, behavioral conditioning will work to help his brain begin to make the connection of the sound and getting up. My book, Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness, will walk you through what to expect.

Be patient. Two weeks is not long enough.

Everyone wants to see dry nights immediately! Behavioral conditioning is a process and takes time. The average child takes 8-12 weeks to become permanently dry. Little signs of progress can be observed on the road to dryness. Seeing your son hear and respond to the alarm is a sign of progress. Having smaller wet spots in bed, with urine left to empty in the toilet, is progress. Then dry nights begin happening. At first, sporadic dry nights, then for more nights in a row. Be patient and persistent!

Choose the right style of alarm.

You didn’t mention the style of alarm that you used last year, but your son must use one that is comfortable for him, that he does not un-hook during the night, and that consistently sounds when it senses wetness. The Rodger wireless alarm has special underwear that has the sensor built in. Wireless alarms require that the user get out of bed to turn the sound off. The Malem Multi-Choice alarm allows you to record your voice or play tones and vibrate. If he refused to use the alarm or disconnected it, ask him what he did not like and choose a different style.

Pick the best time to use an alarm.

Solving bedwetting is a family project. Parents have to be involved so make sure you choose a time when you can lose a little sleep, aren’t overloaded with work responsibilities and your family isn’t overcommitted. Discuss with your son his level of motivation and that you’re in this together. Develop a plan of action and let him know you’ll help for as long as it takes to get 14 consecutive nights of dryness.

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