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Best Bedwetting Alarm 2018
Surely, these bed alarm for bedwettings are not for everyone as some of them carry a hefty price-tag.
With that said, one thing can be said for sure, these urine alarms are good enough to make it to our list of the top best Bedwetting Alarm 2018.
Bedwetting Alarm Reviews
Wet-Stop3 Green Bedwetting Enuresis Alarm
This “Wet-Stop3 Pink Bedwetting Enuresis Alarm with Loud Sound and Strong Vibration for Bedwetters” has been an excellent option for helping my five-year-old daughter stop wetting the bed at night. Although she has been 90% potty trained since she was 3 years old, we have had to keep her in pull-ups because she sleeps so deeply that she cannot wake herself to use the bathroom at night. This alarm has almost entirely alleviated that problem after only one month of nightly use because the loud alarm and substantial vibration has essentially trained her to sleep more lightly and respond to stimuli, including the “urge to pee” at night. Before this product, she was wetting her pull up every night. By the second week of use of this alarm, she went an entire week (6 consecutive nights) without a single accident. Thereafter, she has had an accident every 4-7 nights, but this is a huge improvement and the frequency of accidents has continued to slow. I am fairly confident that with another few weeks of use, she will be able to sleep without the alarm or a pull up and able to wake herself when she needs to pee.
There are mixed reviews of this product (and others like it), but after using it, I wanted to share a few secrets that I suspect account for the widely varying comments about whether these alarms are effective. I am almost positive that most negative reviews come from parents who did not follow through with consistent, disciplined use of this alarm. That’s because, initially at least, it can be exhausting. Because of hearing safety standards, the audible alarm has to be limited to a permissible decibel level that some people consider too quiet. Frankly, this alarm is plenty loud, but you do need to leave your child’s door and your door open at night (hopefully, your bedroom is in close proximity to your child’s, as our is) so that you can hear the alarm. When the alarm goes off, the parent MUST go to the child immediately and EVEN IF AN ACCIDENT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED (whether a minor dribble or a full emptying of the child’s bladder), MUST IMMEDIATELY MAKE THE CHILD WAKE UP AND WALK TO THE POTTY, AND THEN SIT ON THE POTTY. This is how you “train” the child to wake him/herself and take appropriate action. If you simply change the bedding/clothes and/or carry the child to the potty instead of making your child respond appropriate for his/herself, you will not be reinforcing the proper “lesson.” The whole point is that your child needs to learn to wake up. Over time, if you stick with this routine for several nights, your child will actually begin to anticipate the alarm and wake up BEFORE an accident; that is how his/her body learns the “feeling” of the “urge to pee” and habituates itself to wake and use the bathroom. This is critically important, and I’m guessing that many parents are mis-using this product by, instead, silencing the alarm, cleaning up the mess, and never really addressing the child’s behavior (or perhaps not even making sure the child wakes fully).
Second, you must make a big deal out of each night’s successes, whether the child has an accident or not. The unit comes with a star chart that marks the child’s success each evening. In the morning, a silver star means there was an accident (but still complement your child for wearing the alarm and waking up to use the potty!), and a gold star means there was no accident. If you engage in the routine of putting up a star each morning, it mentally reinforces the fact that you and your child are working together to develop a skill (waking to pee at night) that he/she can be proud of. Don’t shortchange this or it will be easy for your child (and you) to start to see the alarm as an undesirable chore that you occasionally “skip” using because you don’t like the hassle. (Believe me, you will lose some sleep at first–kind of like having a new baby in the house–but stick with it!)
Third, you must ALWAYS use the alarm when the child sleeps. Do NOT allow “naps” without the alarm if your child is prone to having accidents during a nap. Our rule was that EVERY TIME OUR DAUGHTER SLEEPS, whether for a nap or for the night, she wears the alarm. That way, the body is being trained consistently to respond to the stimulus of the alarm and, eventually, to recognize the bodily feeling that PRECEDES the need to pee (setting off the alarm).
Fourth, you must make sure to position the wetness sensor in the deepest, central part of the pull-up/underwear. This is probably easier with girls than boys since the pee comes out in a predictable and consistent place for girls, but can change for boys depending on the position of their, um, “equipment.” The sensor only detects moisture within about 1″ diameter, and I would guess that careless placement of the sensor is the main reason for reports that this sensor “failed to go off.” We found that, if we placed it carefully in the lowest part of the pull-up, it worked very reliably; however, a few times, my wife got up in the night to help our daughter go pee and, when she reattached the sensor, she placed it a little too high up (nearer the belly button). Predictably, in the morning, that often resulted in my daughter having a wet pull up that did not trigger the alarm.
Fifth, you must not yell at or otherwise show frustration/anger to your child on the (potentially many) nights when he/she wakes up with an accident and seeks your help. If your child expects you to be angry, it’s pretty much a guarantee that he/she will instead learn to silence the alarm his/herself and go back to sleep. Who wants to go face an angry mommy or daddy in the middle of the night while they’re sleepy? So keep it positive and THANK your child for waking you for help, or tell him/her it’s okay when he/she has an accident because you are PROUD of him/her for wearing the alarm and “being a good sport about it.” We told that to our daughter a lot, and she came to see it as a positive experience, even though many nights she has woken up crying because the abruptness of the alarm and vibration scared/startled her. (It is a rude awakening, but that’s the point–and that’s exactly why your child’s body WILL learn to anticipate and correct the problem BEFORE accidents occur.)
If you follow those tips and stick to the plan diligently, I suspect your experience will be as positive as ours has been. In retrospect, I’m so glad we didn’t spend considerably more on a higher priced bedwetting alarm. I don’t think spending more would have gotten us a more reliable unit (this one has been great). My belief is that the efficacy of the alarm really depends on how well the parents manage the experience and follow through on the disciplined habits they’re trying to instill.
I’ll try to report back here after another month to let you know how our experience wraps up, but we’re already delighted by how effective this product has been in eliminating over 80% of the nightly accidents our daughter was having. And it has been good for her self-esteem too.
DryEasy Bedwetting Alarm with Volume Control
This was the cheapest bedwetting alarm at the time we bought it. It worked after a week and a half of training! Our child was struggling for a long time before we got this, but after receiving this alarm mid-summer, it helped him immensely and now he has not wet his bed since. Also, youtube had a video instruction of this product which we watched.
We lent this to a friend and they have also had success with their child. The issues we saw were the sensor clip was not easy to put on, but it stayed on once attached. You can also test the alarm by just putting some water on your finger tip and touching the sensor. We normally do not write reviews, but since this product worked and our child is done bedwetting we wanted recommend this product to other parents that have been struggling with their child’s bedwetting.
Potty Pee Enuresis Alarm by Nytone
It is not an overnight process by any means, but we have definitely seen the progress. He started by completely wetting the sheets, then his pjs and underwear, and now just his underwear. It is now just being patient for the last step.
He loved getting to pick out a sticker for his alarm and I think that is why he has always been willing to wear it. He was the one also who didn’t want to wear nighttime pull-ups anymore so he was ready to use it.
It seems loud when testing and my son is sensitive to loud noises, so I was worried that it would be too much at night. It’s not at all. He is almost 6 and now after a month can turn it off, go to the bathroom and change his clothes. We don’t even hear it the next room over.
There has been a couple times the alarm went off due to sweat, but he was overdressed with too many blankets on. I didn’t feel like it was over sensitive to that.
The clip stays on well- I feel like my son moves around quite a bit.
I would definitely recommended this product!
Chummie Premium Bedwetting Alarm with 8 Tones
The process was painful but worth it. My six year old took less than two weeks to stop wetting his bed. Takes some parental dedication and help. The sensor really is very sensitive. We tried waking our son up, making him not drink for several hours before he went to bed, urinating right before he got in bed. Nothing worked and no diaper (even supplemented) could hold his volume. We had to change his blanket, sheets and matress pad every day. We were at the end of our rope when our pediatrician suggested a bed wetting alarm. I immediately started looking on Amazon. This had great reviews and the price was reasonable.
We had to move our son into our room because he shares his room with two brothers and we didn’t want them to be awakened in the middle of the night. The alarm was enough to wake my wife and I up even if my deep sleeping son didn’t get up immediately. We could quickly get him up from the cot that we set up in our room. The first couple of times there was a significant amount of urine in his underwear (we started with a diaper outside of the underwear so we wouldn’t have to keep changing his sheets and mattress pad. Within a couple of days his underwear was pretty much dry and we stopped putting the diaper on the outside. Then I would actually hear him getting up in the early morning to go to the bathroom on his own. When he told us he wanted to try sleeping without the alarm he stayed dry. Within two weeks he was sleeping through the night without even needing to get up in the early morning to go to the bathroom. There was one backslide night and we went back to the alarm for a couple of nights but he has been fine since then.
I am so proud of my child and he is very proud of himself. It was a very big deal for him when he felt ready and requested to go back into his bedroom with his brothers. It really is amazing after trying for a couple of years to make this happen. I would suggest having the child close enough to you in the beginning so that you can help them get up at night. It sucks for you, but the end result is well worth it.
TheraPee – The world’s #1 Bedwetting Solution
I have an 11 yo daughter who wet the bed no less than 5 out of 7 nights during weeks 1 and 2 of the program. She never outgrew the pull ups, and she desperately wants to have sleep overs so we bought Dr. Sagie’s program 2 weeks ago. It’s new, novel, interactive and my daughter has bought into the program which is great. During the first two weeks, the alarm has woken up my husband and I up, and not my daughter but that’s okay and it’s still part of the program. Once a week I’ve treated myself to letting her sleep in a pull up – just so we are all guaranteed a good night sleep. I’ll post back in two weeks and hopefully have good updates to share. I’ve given the program an average rating to start (3 start) and will change that when we start to see some progress (or not). Let’s see how long it takes her to ditch the pull ups and have her first sleep over!
UPDATE: She’s doing it! Weeks 3& 4 passed without any accidents! This program has clicked for her, and my deep sleeper has even woken herself up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. These are the first two consecutive weeks of her life that she did not use a pull up – wow! She’s very proud of herself and looking forward to the sleepover which we are starting to think about. I’ve upped my star rating from 3 to5. The program is working, and she is very proud of herself. I’m proud of her too. She’s determined – wish she felt this way about her school work.
FINAL UPDATE: Hurray! I’ve totally forgotten about this. My daughter never had another accident. Months have passed, and she is accident free. The program is expensive, but she liked logging onto the computer, listening to Dr. Sagie’s updates, and updating her work chart. It’s worth the money. I’d totally recommend this program, and because you’re still reading my review – I hope you and your child share the same success we did.
Malem Ultimate Selectable Bedwetting Alarm
Works!! Son wet bed every day until he was 8 1/2 and we gave this a shot. He went from wetting every night to once a month to once every 6 months to once a year until he turned nine. He is 10 now. We can deal with a wet bed once a year as it is more likely a true accident than a problem. Try it and be persistent. You will have sleepless nights waking your child (one of us had to sleep in his room on the floor to awaken him from the buzzing and walk him to the toilet but that went quickly and then it was once a month etc.). I suggest training in the summer when school is out.
My son is still in the process of not wetting but this has been great for him so far. The only thing that annoys him is the piece that vibrates and makes noise. He clips it on the neck of his shirt. Might have to find a different location for that. As for his progress, when the alarm goes off he stops peeing in his sleep. He gets up, uses the toilet and changed his undies. He is a little wet and not soaking wet like he used to be. I don’t have to change sheets nor the pee pee pad under him. Glad I invested the money into this.
About Bedwetting Alarm
The enuresis alarm methodology originated from French and German physicians in the first decade of the 20th century. Meinhard von Pfaundler, a German pediatrician made the discovery accidentally, with the original intention to create an alarm device that would notify nursing staff when a child had bed wetting and needed to be changed, showing the device to have a significant therapeutic advantages after a certain time of use. Despite early success, the treatment was not developed until the 1930s by two independent groups of psychologists: Orval Mowrer and Willie Mae Mowrer (1938) and John Morgan and Frances Witmer (1939). Mowrer used a modified Pfaundler alarm device with 30 children (ages 3–13 years) showing empirical success of the bell and pad method as a treatment for nocturnal enuresis, with the maximum time required to accomplish the treatment not exceeding two months.
The individual places the sensor (usually located in briefs or underwear) and turns the alarm device on (there are various types of alarms) before going to sleep. The enuresis alarm is triggered when a sensor in the sheets or night clothes becomes wet with urine, setting off an auditory signal with the intention of causing the individual to wake, cease voiding, and arise to void. Parents are advised to wake their child when the alarm is activated—otherwise, children are prone to turn it off and go back to sleep.
It is highly suggested that during treatment the alarm should be worn every night. The treatment effect and response are not immediate and treatment should be continued for 2–3 months or until the child is dry for 14 consecutive nights (whichever comes first). There may be cultural differences in its acceptability, as it may be highly disruptive for the household and may require a significant commitment of time and effort. The family must be motivated and adhere to this therapy if it is to be successful so they should be preemptively apprised of likely difficulties, but assured the first few weeks are the most troublesome. If necessary, doctors should monitor the child’s progress early to address any problems and facilitate adherence.
A urine sensor is a necessary part of any bedwetting alarm. A basic urine sensor consists of two electricity conductors separated by moisture absorbing insulating material. A low DC electric voltage, provided by batteries, is applied across these conductors. This low voltage is usually about 3 volts, so as not to be dangerous to the user. When this insulating material (frequently cotton cloth as in common briefs) absorbs urine, it allows electricity to pass through it and between the conductors, resulting in a small electric current in the conductors. The conductors are attached to an alarm device, which triggers an alarm when it senses this current. Most sensors and alarms are engineered based on this concept. Note that unless the urine reaches the sensor mechanism and adequately wets the briefs (or insulator between the conductors), the urine may not be sensed and the alarm will not activate.
Sensors are usually classified in terms of their attachment mechanisms to the briefs or other urine absorbing medium. The major sensor attachment categories are mechanical clips, sticky tape or pads for flat surface sensors, magnetic attachment, and wiring sewed into special briefs.
Stainless steel clips are most often used and are easily attached and detached to the briefs at the point of urination. Flat surface sensors require sticky tape or pads to be attached to the briefs. The magnetic sensors are magnetically attached to the briefs. Magnetic sensors and wired briefs are typically used for wireless alarms.
Another consideration is how the sensor (through its cable, if applicable) is attached to its alarm or transmitter in the case of wired alarms or wireless alarms. Some wireless alarms are truly wireless, with the transmitter being part of the sensor and completely self-contained. For wired alarms, the sensor’s wire (or cable) runs from the sensor (located at the point of urination) underneath the user’s pajama shirt to wherever the alarm is located on the body (frequently on the collar of the pajama shirt, so that it is close to the ear). The attachment mechanism to the alarm, through which the electric current flows to the alarm, is important. If it is easily detached (unintentionally comes out from the alarm during use) the alarm may not be triggered. Most connectors are plastic telephone jacks which are very unlikely to be detached unintentionally (RJ-11, RJ-12, 616E, etc.).
Types of alarms
A wearable alarm is a design in which the child or patient wears the moisture sensor in or on their underwear or pajamas. This type of sensor will detect moisture almost immediately. The sensor is attached to the alarm unit with an electricity conducting wire or cable that can be worn under the shirt. Many wearable alarms vibrate as well as sound to wake deep sleepers.
A wireless bedwetting alarm is one in which the sensor and the alarm unit communicate by a means other than a wire. The transmitter, which senses the moisture, is directly attached to the child’s underwear. The signal is transmitted wirelessly to a unit that is across the room from the child or an alarm unit in the child’s room. Once the alarm unit is activated, it is necessary to get out of bed to turn it off. New wireless alarms add the convenience of also sounding an alarm in the caregiver’s room, allowing both patient and caregiver to sleep in the comfort and privacy of their own beds and rooms. Multiple alarms in the house can further increase convenience. Remote controls can facilitate using the wireless bedwetting alarm system, and be especially convenient for the parent or caregiver.
Bell-and pad alarms do not attach to the child in any way. The moisture sensor is in the form of a pad or mat that the child sleeps on top of. The pad detects moisture after urine has leaked onto it. The alarm unit is connected with a cord and usually sits on the bedside stand. This alarm requires a larger amount of urine before the sensor can detect moisture. The person must be on the pad for it to sense moisture.
Factors of treatment success
Successful outcome of enuresis alarm treatment is associated with optimal motivation of the child and family, higher frequency of wet nights, and the absence of adverse environmental factors and psychiatric disorders. Reduced efficacy of the treatment is associated with lack of concern shown by the individual, lack of supervision, inconsistent use, family stress, abnormal scores on behavioral checklists, psychiatric disorders in the individual, failure to awaken in response to the alarm, unsatisfactory housing conditions, and more than one wetting episode per night.