Bed Wetting Alarms
Works Like a Dream
Sometimes nighttime bed wetting issues become a nightmare in themselves. If your child is otherwise dry, and bed wetting is still a problem, you may want to consider the use of a bed wetting alarm. In some children, bed wetting alarms work like, well, like a dream.
Before you invest in an alarm, you will want to consider the following points:
*Is the device going to be comfortable when attached to your child?
*Is it user-friendly?
*Is the alarm liable to be sensitive to small quantities of urine, but non-reactive to sweat?
*Is the alarm reliable in its operation?
*Is the alarm durable if dropped on the floor?
*Can the alarm be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis?
*Is the cost of the alarm under $100.00?
*Is there a money back guarantee for technical difficulties?
*Does the alarm stay on the child when he tosses and turns during sleep?
*Are the wires long enough for older children?
*Are replacement batteries available?
Some features are nice to have, but may add to the cost of the alarm:
*Clips that enable a firm connection
*A wireless system in combination with a bed mat helps to avoid tangled wires.
*An additional remote sensor for parents
*An option to set the device to vibrate rather than ring
Other than consumer advice, you may want to consider the following issues:
*Your child should wear a t-shirt to cover the wires and alarms, depending on the model type.
*Your child's underwear should be thin enough to hold the clips, but not so thin as to cause the clips to complete a circuit and set off a false alarm.
*An incentive system may be a helpful aid to nighttime dryness in younger children. Rewards can be distributed for cooperation with the alarm system and this can generate enthusiasm for the project, which is a critical component of success.
*It may be helpful to make a calendar which your child can fill in with different colored markers connoting wet and dry nights. This type of self-monitoring system can provide an added incentive for some children.
*Chores associated with bed wetting should be assigned to the child, but not presented in such a manner that he considers the work a punishment. Examples of such chores are changing linens, loading wet linens into the washer, and making the bed up with fresh linens.