We know: All About Bed Wetting Alarms
What's a bed wetting alarm?
Bed wetting alarms are devices that can be attached to your child's pajamas and which make a sound when they sense moisture. This enables the child to wake up and go to the bathroom before wetting the bed.
The alarms tend to work best for children who already have some bladder control and are getting through some nights without wetting.
How common is bed wetting?
Wetting the bed at night is called enuresis and most doctors consider it normal among preschoolers. Children tend to wet the bed because their bladders have not developed enough to hold urine all night, or they are unable to recognize their bladder is full and wake to go to the bathroom.
By age six, one in ten boys still wet the bed. Most children eventually outgrow the problem.
Do doctors approve of bed wetting alarms?
Many do, yes. And there are studies that show these alarms do help children learn to stop wetting the bed.
How do bed wetting alarms work?
There are several kinds on the market currently. All of them basically have wetness or moisture sensors that attach to the child's underwear. When moisture contacts the sensors, an alarm wakes the child to go to the toilet. Most are battery operated.
Here are some different features:
What should I know before I buy an alarm?
The National Kidney Foundation suggests you consider the following: