Deciding when your family and your child are both ready to work on achieving nighttime dryness is very individual.
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Children bed wetting is a frustrating and, at times, embarrassing challenge. Fortunately, it's a problem that usually doesn't last forever. If your child experiences nighttime wetting, here are some of the essentials for treatment:
Enuresis (more commonly known as "bedwetting") is a very common and natural part of childhood development. Young children, teens, and even some adults can experience nighttime wetting. While bedwetting can have medical causes, it's more commonly linked with:
A bedwetting alarm is one of the most effective bedwetting cures available. The sound or vibration of a moisture-sensing alarm trains your child to better recognize the feeling of bladder fullness during sleep. When your child wets, the alarm sounds to alert him that wetting is occurring. He learns to get out of bed and empty urine in the toilet. In time, your child should become sensitive enough to the alarm vibrating or sounding and the feeling of fullness that her accidents will become less frequent and eventually stop altogether.
There are many bedwetting alarms available. Some are wireless, some fasten to the child's underwear, some are built right into the underwear, while others utilize a separate pad to detect moisture. The variety of available alarms can be confusing, so contact the experts at the Bedwetting Store if you need help deciding. Also, take a look at this handy bedwetting alarm comparison chart.
Look at how the alarm is attached. Does it fasten to the child’s own underwear or come with specialized underwear? Some children like using their own briefs while others prefer having a built-in sensor so placement is never a problem. A pad alarm is an option for those who prefer to lie on the sensor rather than wear it on the underwear.
The way in which the alarm is turned off after it is triggered varies. A two step turn-off prevents accidentally pulling it off without being alerted. Wireless alarms require getting out of bed to turn off the alarm.
Having the sound close to the ear is preferred by most users but some like the options of hearing the sound from a distant location.
Can the alarm sound and vibrate both? Many users find that vibration adds another sensory stimulus, increasing the child’s response.
The ability to change the volume varies with the different alarms. Wireless alarms have volume control; most wearable alarms sound at the same decibel level each time moisture is sensed. In most situations, a loud sound is necessary for the parent and child to respond.
Because they alert your child at the moment she begins to wet the bed, moisture alarms are one of the most effective treatments for bedwetting. In time, being woken to use the bathroom when wetting starts will help your child become better able to sense the feeling of bladder fullness during the night. Here's a quick guide to the top-rated moisture alarms:
Bedwetting alarms, disposable briefs, washable briefs, waterproof overlays... there are a lot of bedwetting solutions out there, and they can be overwhelming at first. If you're not sure which products to choose for your child, The Bedwetting Store has a solution to make selection easier for you: bedwetting treatment kits. Every treatment kit comes with everything you need to successfully begin treatment:
Treatment kits cost anywhere from about $90 to $205, depending on which alarm and size of overlay you choose. By purchasing a kit instead of buying each product separately, you can save up to $24. If you're unsure of which alarm to choose or need additional assistance, our Bedwetting Specialists can give you the answers you need.
Most parents report that their bedwetting children sleep very soundly. They worry that their child will not hear or respond to an alarm. In fact, it is likely that your child will sleep through the alarm sound initially.
Parents play an important role in rousing their sleeping child once the alarm has gone off. As long as the alarm is loud enough for parents to hear, you can provide back-up if your child does not respond initially. Over time, your child will begin to learn that the alarm’s sound is something that needs attention. This response can happen at a subconscious level, with little memory in the morning. Progress continues to take place, as the flow of urine is stopped, and wetting happens less and less frequently.
Eventually, the brain and bladder begin to work together to alert the child before the wetting occurs or to hold the urine until morning.
There are two general categories of bedwetting alarms: wearable alarms and pad-type alarms. Wearable alarms such as Malem Ultimate and Rodger Wireless tend to be more convenient and effective, as they respond to less moisture and move with the child while he sleeps; however, a pad alarm might be advantageous if:
When using this type of alarm, it's important to keep in mind that the moisture sensor is very sensitive. In order to avoid false alarms, try to prevent sweat from coming into contact with the moisture pad by varying the thickness of cloth you place on top of it according to the surrounding temperature.