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Alarms for heavier kids

September 25, 2009 2 min read

KD asks, My child is 12 and weighs about 145 pounds. He has never had consistent dry nights and is a heavy sleeper. Which alarm would you recommend for such a "big boy"?

The wireless bedwetting alarms are a great choice for larger or taller kids. Because there is no sensor cord connecting the alarm unit to the moisture sensor, wireless alarms are comfortable and can fit any size of user. A nice option is the Rodger Wireless alarm. This alarm comes with two pair of specialized briefs that sense the moisture. The briefs are available in sizes up to Adult XL. Measuring your son's waist, and not going by his weight only, is the best way to select the best size for him. This alarm consists of a small transmitter that snaps on the waistband and a receiver that plugs into the wall.

The new Malem wireless would also be a good choice for your son. The small sensor fastens to the outside of his own underwear. With this alarm, once it senses the moisture, it transmits wirelessly to a sound unit that can be placed on a bedside table. He should have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you hear the alarm, remind him what action he has to take - get out of bed and walk to the bathroom. Over time, he will develop the ability to do this more independently.

Remember to use mattress overlay pads over the sheets when beginning to use a bedwetting alarm. They are available in 3 sizes, up to 72 inches, so will protect even a queen size bed from wetness. Making middle-of-the-night clean up easier is more pleasant for everyone.

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