Bedwetting Alarm Not Working: 4 Common Mistakes

Mistake 1: Expecting child to do everything themselves.

Many children sleep through the loud sound or can’t process what they need to do when they wake to the alarm. This is normal in the beginning.

Fix: It takes a few weeks for the right response to be learned. Remember, in the beginning the alarm should also alert parents. When you hear the alarm, go to your son or daughter’s room. Help them get the alarm turned off and walk to the bathroom. Once they begin acting independently, you no longer need to respond to the alarm.

Mistake 2: Thinking the alarm won’t work if used 2 weeks and still no dry nights.

Everyone wants to see dry nights immediately! This usually does not happen. Behavioral conditioning is a process and takes time. The average child takes 8-12 weeks to become permanently dry.

Fix: Be realistic. Little signs of progress can be observed on the road to dryness. Smaller wet spots and fewer wetting episodes mean change is happening.

Mistake 3: Not using consistently. Stopping too soon.

Some families start off strong for the first week or two, but then become complacent about using the alarm every night. Everyone is excited when a few dry nights are observed and kids are anxious to stop the alarm. Wetting gradually restarts if the alarm isn’t used until 14 dry nights are achieved.

Fix: Know that consistency is important. If nights away from home interrupt your alarm use, get back on track as soon as possible.

Mistake 4: Not choosing the right alarm for your child and your family.

Bedwetting alarms are all a little different. They sense moisture and alert the user but the way that they do that varies. The alarm that you choose must be one that your child can easily attach, will agree to hook up every night and gives them the best chance of responding.

Fix: If your bedroom is on a different floor, you can choose a wireless alarm with 2 receivers or know that you could hook up a baby monitor so that you can hear the alarm when it sounds. If your child sleeps in a room with their sibling, a personal wearable alarm that sounds and vibrates might be a good choice.

By avoiding or correcting these common mistakes, your child can soon begin to experience many dry nights!

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Mattress Protection Must-Haves When Potty Training

Every family goes through potty training ups and downs. Daytime potty training is messy enough, but nighttime potty training can be fraught with loads of extra laundry, and ruined mattresses and pillows. Fortunately, there are many inexpensive ways to protect your mattress and keep your child comfortable and dry.

Here is a list of must-haves for families who are helping their child work on nighttime dryness.

A zippered vinyl mattress cover – This stays in place at all times and protects the mattress from wetness, allergens and stains. It is just wiped clean with a disinfectant spray. It is not absorbent and is not comfortable to sleep on directly. A heavy duty one can stay in place for many years.

An absorbent waterproof mattress pad – A fitted absorbent mattress pad makes sleeping more comfortable while trapping and absorbing large amounts of fluid. The breathable waterproof covers can be washed in the same load as the sheets.

Reusable waterproof overlay – These waterproof pads lie on top of the sheet, making them easy to remove and replace, even in the middle of the night. The overlays with the tuck-in sides prevent them from moving when your child rolls from side to side. Choose from 4 sizes to cover the middle of the bed where the wetting would most likely occur. These are not easy to find in bedding stores and parents love them once they find out they are available. Pet owners also find these to be invaluable.

Pillow cover – Using a breathable zippered cover that is waterproof protects your child’s pillow from any allergens as well as any liquid, from a bloody nose, a drooling mouth or spilt juice. Simply remove the cover, then machine wash and dry to keep the pillow in perfect condition. The breathable covers are comfortable to sleep on and do not increase sweating. Many families use these on every pillow in their home.

By protecting your mattress and pillows from the beginning, you increase the longevity of these items and will not find yourself continually replacing them.

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12 Year Old with Bedwetting

“My daughter will be 13 in June and is still wetting the bed. We bought a wearable sound and vibrating alarm around 5 years ago and tried it then. She hated it and has convinced herself that it won’t work. I believe that your system works, it makes sense, but how do I convince a 12 year old that this is the solution? I wake her every night to go to the bathroom, but sometimes that doesn’t work.”

I think you can begin by discussing how her body has matured and changed in the last 5 years. Her response to a bedwetting alarm will most likely be very different from what you observed when she was 7 years old.

Next, you might try a different style of alarm. Since she did not respond well to a wearable alarm, try a wireless alarm. The Rodger wireless alarm has no wires, and features specially designed sensor underwear that fit and feel like regular underwear. She simply puts on the underwear at bedtime and turns on the receiver, which is plugged into the wall. The receiver sounds when moisture is detected anywhere on the underwear.

Your (parent’s) response is still important, even at this age. She may not hear the alarm, even though it is loud, or may not be able to process what needs to be done. Go to her room when you hear the alarm and make sure she gets up, turns it off and walks to the bathroom. (If your room is far from hers, you can buy a second receiver for your room or even use a baby monitor.) Over time your role will be less important and she will learn to do this by herself.

Lastly, discuss normal progress and what to expect. The average child takes 10-12 weeks to become completely dry. She needs to commit to using the alarm every night for a few months. Patience and persistence are important, but using this bedwetting alarm now will save her from dealing with this problem for years to come.

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