A bed wetting alarm is a big part of any try for dry at night, but it’s not the only part. The alarm helps you adjust a child’s sleep patterns to create lighter sleep at the times when they usually wet, so thay can learn to recognize bladder pressure.The child should go through four stages of development:
Thousands of bedwetting alarms are bought and set aside in a week or two because it didn’t wake the child. That’s not surprising, most of my little clients don’t hear it either, until the second week. The alarm works best when the parent wakes the child until he begins to hear it. A week or two after he is hearing ti, he may “anticipate” the buzzer and just get up and go. Then he starts to have some dry nights, and they should normally be all dry by the eigth week or so.
Of course there are many possible causes of bed wetting that have to be discovered and fixed before the alarm will work at all. Constipation, dehydration, food sensitivities, sibling rivalry – basically a kid has to go to bed feeling “happy in mind, happy in body” to sleep lightly enough to learn how to hold it.
There are many possible causes and remedies; it takes me over an hour to teach a parent and child the tips and treatments. And often we have to follow up to be sure that they make constant progress. Without weekly progress, both parent and child can get frustrated, which just makes it worse. Anxiety or stress at bed time is a sure recipe for bed wetting.
Some alarms break quickly, others just don’t do a good job of instantly reacting to moisture. I prefer clip-on alarms because of the instant response, and now there are wireless clip-ons that work for any age. You can pay $100, $200 or even more for an alarm that simply doesn’t have the instruction that you need about behavioural modification.
See examples here: Bed wetting alarms for age 4-6 and over age 7