Keep in mind that even with practice in the daytime the majority of children do not wake up right away when they first begin using a bed wetting alarm. Often children need to be coaxed to hear it and any help that a parent can give them can prove useful. It may mean some more or less sleepless nights for a parent but it would prove beneficial for a parent to go into the child’s room periodically throughout the night and listen for the alarm and/or wake up the child to see if he has to use the bathroom. Children can be disoriented in the night so if the child does need to urinate it would be wise to help your child to the bathroom. Doing this a few nights should get your child into the habit and pave the way for them to help themselves for that point on. Keep in mind that the aim of a bed wetting alarm (or moisture alarm) is to encourage a child to wake him or herself up before the buzzer goes off or to be able to hold in urine throughout the night and be dry upon waking in the morning.
Don’t allow your child to drink fluids right up until it is lights out and turn the radio, television and/or computer off fifteen minutes to a half an hour before the child crawls into bed. Having a bright strong night-light in the child’s bedroom can help facilitate a better response time to the moisture alarm and a safer trip to the washroom.
Once started a bed wetting alarm should be made use of every single night up until the point the child can go three to four weeks without wetting the bed. It is important to be patient and supportive during this time but also persistent with the nighttime training ritual. It takes most children an average of two to three months for the alarm to effectively work and for bladder control during the night to be achieved.
Keep a special bed wetting calendar for your child to record his or her progress. Every morning when he gets up have him write entries in the calendar according to what kind of a night it was. For example use the word “dry” to describe a night that the child successfully slept through the night and did not wet the bed at all and “wet” to describe a night when he did not get up and also for whatever reason did not hear the alarm or failed to respond to it. Other entries you could use include “dry, woke-up without alarm” and “wet spot” meaning that the child was woke up by the alarm and did get up to go to the bathroom.
There are some things that you must consider when you go to purchase a bed wetting alarm for your child. First of all be aware of the cost. Most bed wetting alarms range in price from fifty to one hundred dollars, but sometimes the more expensive styles are not necessarily better. Always buy an alarm that is easy to put together and will be comfortable for the child when he is asleep. Buy an alarm that is reliable to operate and sturdy enough that dropping it on the floor will not cause it to break. Buy an alarm that is easy to both clean and disinfect, as you will need to do both on a regular basis. Make sure the alarm won’t fall away from the child if he or she is a restless sleeper and always buy an alarm that senses a small amount of urine but will not be set off by sweat.