Choose The Right Bed Wetting Alarms
by: Jan Nicholas
Moisture detector alarms are among the most effective tools in helping
children overcome bedwetting. Unlike many of the devices and tools intended
for children with Enuresis, alarms can actually treat bedwetting rather
than just making the symptoms more bearable.
Moisture alarm bed wetting devices are worn with underpants and the
sensor of the alarm emits a loud sound when moisture is detected. The child
can wake up and hurry to the bathroom in time. With use, the idea is to
get the child to anticipate the alarm and wake up before any moisture is
detected by the alarm. Within two or three months of nightly use, many
children find that they can prevent all nighttime accidents and that they
are actually getting up when their bladder is full and going to the bathroom.
Because moisture detection alarms are so effective in helping children
overcome bedwetting, many manufacturers make them. However, all the different
moisture detector alarms are not made the same.
If you choose the wrong model - one that makes your child uncomfortable
or one that does not work well - the chances of success with the alarm
are slim. You need a reliable and well-built alarm in order to help your
Signs of a good alarm include:
• Reasonable price - the alarm must be affordable
• Comfortable to wear - your child will need to wear this alarm nightly
for a few months, anything that digs into your child, prevents sleep or
has sharp edges could be detrimental. Plus, if your child hates wearing
the alarm, he or she may not wear it often enough for the alarm to actually
• Right levels of sensitivity - it is important that the alarm responds
to small amounts of urine, so that the child can wake up in time to go
to the bathroom. At the same time, an alarm that is too sensitive may be
set off by night sweats, which will not only interrupt sleep unduly but
will also make the alarm less successful in curing bedwetting.
• Ease of use - the alarm must be easy enough for your child to set
and reset even in the middle of the night. Some alarms have a remote system
that allows parents to reset the alarm from another room. This is useful
for younger children.
• Durability - your child may drop the alarm in the night or may knock
the alarm against the walls or bed during a restless night
• Reliability - The alarm must work each time urine is present, or it
will be difficult to teach your child to solve bedwetting.
• Hygienic design - since the alarm will be in contact with urine, it
is essential for good health that the alarm can be easily cleaned or disinfected
after each use without its functioning being affected
• Loudness - The alarm should wake your child (and you, if your child
tends to sleep through alarms). Some alarms come with adjustable sound
levels, which can be very useful. Plus, some alarms allow children to be
woken with vibrations rather than sound.
If you have large family, young children, or if your child shares a
room, this can be a very useful feature. Plus, children not woken by sound
may well be woken by movement, so this feature is very useful if your child
has trouble being woken by an alarm.
• Secureness - Some alarms come with wireless technology to prevent
tangling or pulled wires. This is a nice feature, but even a lower-end
alarm is fine as long as it fits snugly with clips or some other secure
fastener so that it will not dislodge even with nightly tossing and turning.
• Size - The alarm should be small enough to be worn with comfort, and
should be the right size for your child. It should fit snugly enough so
that it is not dislodged during a restless night
• Simple power sources - Most of these alarms work on batteries. Make
sure any alarm you are considering buying uses batteries that are easily
available. Stock up on batteries, as well.
• Guarantee - The manufacturer should be confident enough in the product
to offer a full warranty or guarantee on the product. Remember: if the
alarm does not work well each time, it will not be able to teach your child
to overcome bedwetting. An alarm that is not consistent is useless.
• Quality made - The device should be sturdy and made with a design
that shows some thought to patient comfort. The device should also be made
Of course, you may not be able to try the device out in the store. However,
the package label may at least give clues as to which of the above qualities
are present in a product. Doctor or clinic reviews and recommendations
from other parents can also help guide you to the alarms that have most
of the above features.
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