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Autism and Bedwetting

September 21, 2010 2 min read

My 7 year old son is autistic and non-verbal. During the day, he can stay dry if his teachers or I take him to the bathroom every 30 minutes. He never lets us know when he needs to go to the bathroom but will cooperate and pee when he is in front of the toilet. He wets every night. Do you have any suggestions to help him learn how to recognize when he needs to urinate? I looked at several of the alarms but am concerned the loud noise will just frighten him.

Taking your son to the toilet every 30 minutes must be a tremendous challenge. The difficult part of this is that it doesn't pinpoint when he really needs to empty his bladder, which probably is less frequently than this. A moisture sensing alarm can pinpoint exactly when the wetting is occurring so you can help him to the toilet at the right time. When your son wets, the Malem Recordable Alarm (M05R) senses moisture and plays a message that you have recorded. Your message could be something like, "It's time to go to the bathroom now. Instead of a loud alarm, your voice or any sound that you choose would be played. This is also more acceptable in a small group or school setting.

The small Easy Clip moisture sensor is fastened to the outside of his underwear where you would expect the first drop of urine. The alarm unit can be clipped or pinned to his waistband, pocket or other convenient location. Once urine is sensed, the message will alert him (and you) that he needs to go to the bathroom. In many cases, the children learn to stop the flow quickly and ultimately head to the bathroom when the feeling is present. Once your son has achieved daytime dryness, you can use the same alarm to help with nighttime dryness. If the recorded voice isn't enough to alert him, this alarm also has 8 pre-recorded sounds and vibration that can be used.

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