Parents observe positive behavior changes when their child becomes dry or has less wetting after using a bedwetting alarm, according to our new study.
Our study included 803 families whose child had used a bedwetting alarm. The study participants (parents) reported observed changes in 5 of their child’s behaviors, such as self-esteem, sleep, peer and parent relationships, overnight stays, and school performance. They rated these behaviors from significantly worse to no change to significantly improved.
Using a voluntary on-line survey, the researchers examined what change using a bedwetting alarm to decrease nighttime wetting had on the child’s behavior. Of the 803 families, 72% reported their child was now dry every night, 21% currently had fewer wet nights, smaller wet spots, less wetting/night, and 7% noted no change in the amount of wet nights. The median age of the child using the alarm was 7-8 years but the ages of children ranged from less than 5 to 15 or older. There were 69% male and 31% female children. The children used the bedwetting alarm from less than 1 month to more than 6 months, with the median length of time, 3-6 months.
Efforts to stop bedwetting can lead to behavioral benefits for the child, according to these parents’ reports. There is no reason to wait years for children to spontaneously stop bedwetting when bedwetting alarms can speed up the process and help children to feel good about themselves, have better quality of sleep, spend the night with friends, have better school performance and better relationships with parents and peers.