Summer is Best Time to Use Bedwetting Alarm

A small retrospective study from Japan finds that children who use bedwetting alarms in the summer are more successful than those who use them in the winter. The authors had empirically observed that bedwetting worsens in the winter season and they decided to research this. The 67 participants used the alarm for 4 months and were divided into treatment success and treatment failure groups and then analyzed as to the time of year they used the bedwetting alarm.

Initiation of treatment in the winter season, December through April, was a variable associated with treatment failure. Summer success rate was 68% versus winter success rate of 38%. (Of note, the dropout rate was 8.9% and these children were added to the failure group. No mention was made as to how long they used the alarm before they dropped out.)

WHY

Hypotheses of why these results occurred include more urine production during one season, parents and children’s work/holiday schedule and the role of the circadian clock and length of daylight and nighttime hours.

-There was no urine volume difference across the seasons so NO greater urine production at different times of the year.

-Children in Japan only have summer holiday of 1 month, in August, and parents’ summer holidays are less than 1 week. They could have initiated the alarm use during holiday, but completed it during the school year. They did mention that alarm use extended between the traditional 3 month seasons in some cases.

-We aren’t certain how the circadian clock affects the brain, bladder and kidney regulation of water and electrolytes, but this is something that might be a clue to the results.

INTERESTING RESULTS

Many families in the US do choose to begin bedwetting alarm use in the summer and according to this study, are doing the right thing. Parents site a more relaxed schedule, without the school and study obligations, as the main reason for using the alarm at this time of the year. Sleepovers and camps are activities their kids want to enjoy during the summer as well.

So, if your child is school age, and still wets most nights, NOW appears to be the right time of the year to start using a bedwetting alarm in order to be the most successful.

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NEW! Dry-Me+ Enuresis Alarm

We’re excited to have a new bright yellow wearable bedwetting alarm, the Dry-Me+. We have carried the popular red Dry-Me for a couple years and now have the yellow Dry-Me+. The biggest difference is the enhanced sound selection, featuring 8 melodies in addition to the 8 traditional sounds and vibration. This manufacturer listened to the families who requested different sound choices that weren’t so “alarming” and chose 8 melodies that are familiar to children. This alarm is a great choice for younger children who are concerned that a loud sound may startle them in the night. In most cases, kids are such sound sleepers that this is rarely the case. But now you can choose to use an alarm that addresses those concerns and offers more sound options.

Another cool feature is the blinking multi-color light on the front of the alarm unit. This makes it easy to locate the alarm to turn it off in the dark.

The sturdy moisture sensing clip fastens to the outside of the child’s own underwear and the alarm unit clips to the shoulder of the pajamas. This safe, effective attachment is identical to the original Dry-Me alarm.

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Rubber Sheets for Bed wetting

Rubber sheets have been used for many years to protect mattresses from bed wetting, other moisture and dust. Now days, there are several fantastic alternatives that are more comfortable and durable. And if you buy this month, all Bedding is on sale for 15% off!
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Vinyl covers
If you want a cover that can simply be wiped clean, vinyl seems to have replaced rubber as a lightweight, inexpensive, effective mattress protection. Not only do these vinyl covers protect your bed from urine, but other fluid spills, dust mites and bed bugs. A fitted vinyl cover protects the top and sides, whereas a zippered cover protects all surfaces of the mattress and is necessary for dust and bed bug protection. It is also handy if you’re storing a mattress for any length of time.

A heavy duty 6G vinyl is worth a few more dollars because it is thicker, less apt to tear and will last longer. The disadvantage of using a rubber or vinyl cover is that it doesn’t allow the body heat to dissipate so some users report that they sweat more in the nighttime unless another absorbent mattress pad is used on top.

Polyurethane covers
A newer, more high-tech polyurethane mattress cover is breathable and more comfortable for sleeping. With a terry-cloth top bound to the waterproof polyurethane layer, this cover can even be slept on directly. Available in both a zippered and a fitted style, this lightweight and durable cover can be laundered in the same load as the sheets. Backed by an amazing 10-year warranty, these covers are designed to last!

Rubber and flannel protective sheet
Flannel fused to rubber makes these sheets soft and comfortable next to the skin, as well as less slippery on the sheets. This non-allergenic, synthetic rubber makes them perfect for those with latex allergies. Machine wash and air dry.

Anchor band mattress pad
This popular waterproof anchor band pad covers the entire top mattress surface and stays in place with an elastic anchor band in each corner. Easy to put on and take off, it fits any depth mattress, including sofa beds or irregular shaped beds. Another great option for protecting your mattress!

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