Bed wetting alarms have a very high success rate and are a great deal safer than are medications. Sometimes they are called moisture alarms or “conditioning” alarm units as they condition the brain to let the sleeping child know that they have to wake up and empty their bladder. Let’s look at some directions that need to be followed in order for the alarm to work properly.
First of make sure your child realizes that the bed wetting alarm will only work if it is used in the way it is supposed to be. Emphasize that its purpose is to wake the child up at the first sign of urine in order that the child can make it into the bathroom to finish wetting and not soak the bed instead. It is essential that the child is tuned into the alarm and responds when it begins to vibrate or ring. Ignoring the alarm, sleeping through it or simply turning it off will defeat the purpose of it entirely.
Practice using the alarm with your child in the daytime so he or she will know what to expect when it rings at night. For example let your child help you when it comes to setting the alarm. Try it out beforehand by having your child gently touch the moisture sensors of the alarm with a finger dabbed in water to hear what the sound the alarm will make. Then have the child practice getting out of bed and quickly making their way to the washroom to finish urinating in the toilet, instead of the bed.
It is a good idea to not have your child sleeping in the pitch black dark, seeing as he will have to jump up in the night (perhaps more than once) to use the bathroom. Having a flashlight near the bed or putting in a strong night-light to help your child find their way to the bathroom is a good idea. Also remember that most people’s minds are a bit fuzzy when they are awakened suddenly and you don’t want your child to stumble and fall and perhaps even hurt himself.
Educate your child on how to “self-awaken” himself during the night when the need to urinate arises. In other words, encourage your child to “beat the buzzer” and recognize the signs of a full bladder before the alarm has a need to let him know. By so doing this should cause no urine to end up being spilled anywhere but where it should be- in the toilet. There may be occasions when your child can “beat the buzzer” and other times he cannot. Be supportive and understanding in these instances. If the child doesn’t know ahead of time and the buzzer does go off to tell him, teach your child how best to wake himself up and then as swiftly as possible leave his bed and go into the bathroom and use the toilet.
The child then needs to return to his bedroom and turn off the alarm. Once all this is done the child should change into dry underwear or a dry pajama bottom and then rest the alarm. As far as the wet fitted sheet goes, it can be decided ahead of time whether it is to be changed in the night or whether a dry towel or pad is to be placed over the spot that is wet and the sheet then changed in the morning.