5 Ways to Know Your Child is Ready for a Bedwetting Alarm

1. She tells you she is ready to stop bedwetting and needs your help.

Bedwetting is common and normal in children younger than 6, affecting 1 in 4 children. Supportive reminders of toileting before bed, drinking throughout the day rather than in the evening and making sure bowel movements are regular and soft are appropriate for children younger than school age. Some children hate feeling wet and really like having dry underwear. They are excited to do what it takes to become dry.

2. He doesn’t want to wear pull-ups or wake up in a wet bed any longer.

Some children don’t mind wearing pull-ups and are very compliant with having them as part of their bedtime routine. But the time will come when a pull-up is no longer comfortable or leaks.

3. He is beginning to turn down sleepover invitations.

If you overhear your child hesitating when learning about other children’s sleepovers, or even spending the night with family members, this may be the time for you to offer him a tool to help achieve dryness.

4. She notices other kids her age or younger siblings don’t wear pull-ups or worry about what they drink in the evening.

Bedwetting can begin to affect self-esteem as children get older. They may be concerned that they are doing something wrong or worry that something isn’t working correctly with their body. Research shows that self-esteem improves as kids become dry.

5. This is a stable time for your family, with a regular daily schedule and bedtime.

Parent involvement is important when using a bedwetting alarm. This means getting up during the night initially to help your child. Choose a time when work demands aren’t so high. A regular schedule insures a more rested child, who will do better when using an alarm. Children quickly go back to sleep after the alarm sounds, but parents may not be so lucky.

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Ten Great Uses for a Vibrating Reminder Watch

This NEW Rodger 8-Alarm stylish reminder watch is so cool that no one will know that its special function is to provide a discreet vibratory reminder. Not only that—but it comes with two additional bands that can change the look.

We all have daily activities that would get done more regularly if we had a reminder. Here is my Top 10 list of reasons that a watch like this can help you and your child stay on schedule.

1. Mom alert – carpools, leaving office on time, pacing leaving the house, anything that requires you to be on time

2. Timed voiding – for reminding any child or adult to use the toilet every couple hours during the day

3. ADD/ADHD – remind you to stay on task, frequent discreet reminders help with behavioral modification

4. Practice times – agreed upon increments of time help kids know how long they should practice the piano, an instrument, or a sport

5. Medication – fosters independence in taking medicine on time

6. Glucose monitoring- discreet reminder of glucose testing or insulin dosing

7. Sports Refereeing – countdown timer, strong vibration that won’t be ignored in noisy environment

8. Hearing impaired – vibratory alert

9. Aviation- reminder for changing tanks, when audible alarms would not be heard

10. Appointment regulating – discreet reminders for finishing up with appointments or meetings

This list could go on and on. I personally used a watch for reminding me to pick my son up from school. The minutes in the afternoon seemed to fly by so I reminded myself to finish up so I could leave in 5 minutes.

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Daytime Wetting in Children – Do’s and Don’ts

Daytime wetting in older children is a little more common in girls, but both sexes can be affected. Children often describe that they don’t feel like they need to go to the bathroom until the last minute. Then it’s too late and urine begins to come out in their underwear.

Parents describe the frustration of noticing that their child is fidgeting or reminding them to go to the bathroom, with their child responding “I don’t have to go”. Five minutes later, urine is leaking out or they are urgently trying to find a bathroom.

Here are some strategies to help solve your child’s daytime wetting.

DO:

Use a timed voiding program with a vibratory reminder watch.
Set the watch to vibrate about every 2 hours to remind your child to stop what they are doing and use the bathroom. The newest watch is this kid-friendly Rodger 8-Alarm Reminder Watch, which even comes with two replacement bands.

Use the watch for several months, until your child begins to anticipate when they need to go.
Since the other children don’t know the watch is a special reminder, there is no reason that your child can’t use this daily until they develop a new habit.

Use the bathroom at the scheduled time even if he or she doesn’t feel like they need to go.
Since many children can tune out messages from their body, they may not “feel” the urge until it’s too late. Emptying the bladder regularly prevents it from becoming overfull.

Make sure there are no problems with using the school bathroom.
Remove obstacles such as teacher not giving permission, bathroom too dirty, scared of who might be in the bathroom, getting lost, no toilet paper, etc.

Insure that your child has enough fluid during the day.
Taking a water bottle to school may help. If urine is too concentrated, it can irritate the bladder and make the problem worse.

DON’T:

Forget to talk with your child’s health care provider to rule out any medical reasons for the wetting.
This is especially important if your child had been dry and has just begun have daytime accidents.

Punish your child for wetting.
Use positive reinforcement if they follow the watch’s reminder to go the bathroom at the regularly scheduled time. This is something they can control, that will ultimately lead to dry underwear.

Forget to monitor bowel movements.
Constipation and infrequent stools contribute to wetting accidents.
Talk to your pediatrician about diet changes or medications that can help with this.

Let wet pants become a family battle.
Instruct your child in changing wet clothes and where to put them. Help them prevent odor by cleaning skin after wetting.

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