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How to Know Your Child is Ready for a Bedwetting Alarm

September 01, 2020 2 min read

He tells you he 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. 

But if your child has reached 5 or 6, and these supportive reminders have made no difference in the number of wet nights, this is a great time for assistance.  It’s frustrating for children to “do their best” to stay dry, but wake up wet every morning. Many children are excited to have a tool, like a bedwetting alarm, to help them become dry.

She doesn’t want to wear disposables or wake up in a wet bed any longer.

Some children don’t mind wearing disposable pants and are very compliant with having them as part of their bedtime routine.  But the time will come when a disposable is no longer comfortable, doesn’t fit or leaks.

Children welcome using comfortable, cloth, moisture-sensing boxer briefs, like those that come with the Rodger wireless bedwetting alarm. Instead of disposables, these feel like “real” underwear.

She notices other kids her age or younger siblings don’t wear disposable pants 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.

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.

This is a stable time for your family, with a regular daily schedule and regular 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.  Many parents who are currently working from home and have a shortened day with less commuting are finding that this is the right time to tackle bedwetting treatment.

Once the fall school schedule gets in place, the entire family becomes accustomed to the routine.  Whether this involves virtual or in person learning, just having a daily routine is helpful. A regular schedule insures a more rested child, who will do better when using an alarm. 

You’re tired of buying disposable pants every week, with no end to bedwetting in sight.

 As parents, you may be concerned that you have left your child in disposables too long and have contributed to their bedwetting.  This is typically not the case.  They most likely would have had bedwetting, with or without disposables.  But it does get expensive to spend hundreds of $$ on nighttime diapers for years on end.  A bedwetting alarm is the same cost as a few packages of disposables, and treats the problem, instead of prolonging it.

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