ERIC - Education and Resource for improving childhood continence - Helpline 0845 370 8008
ERIC - Education and Resource for improving childhood continence - Helpline 0845 370 8008

Calls to the helpline will cost 9.6p per minute plus the service provider charge.

BOUGHT OR BUYING A BEDWETTING ALARM? Then read ERIC's Top Tips

A key element in the success of the alarm is your child's level's of motivation and understanding that waking to the alarm is the treatment.

 

Do start with realistic expectations. It can take 2-3 months for the average child to be consistently dry and some may take longer.  

 

Discuss with your child the actions you expect him or her to take when the alarm goes off i.e. get out of bed, go to the bathroom, change your pants, strip bottom sheet…
 
Cleaning the sensor every morning will help prolong it's life.

 

Some children may struggle to fully react to the alarm, wake and then respond by going to the bathroom on their own for the first few nights. Acting on the alarm is a learned response and we actively encourage parents to help their child when the alarm is first introduced. 

   

At the start of this process you may find that the child may have emptied their whole bladder by the time they respond to the alarm. Over time the new response will be one of stopping the flow when the alarm sounds.

  

When you hear the alarm but your child has not woken, gently wake up your child and get them to switch of the alarm. It is then important to remind your child of the next steps you discussed and actively encourage them to carry these out.  

 

Many children wet more than once per night so ensure you reattach the alarm to clean underwear after each episode of wetting. As your child makes progress the nightly wetting episodes will decrease. 

 

The journey to night-time dryness can be a difficult one for the child so praise and support should be given for things such as simply wearing the alarm, going to the bathroom once you have gone into their bedroom or changing their pants and NOT just  for the nights they are dry. You might want to consider rewarding your childs success and we have our own reward charts in our webshop. 

   

Even when the child believes they are dry encourage them to continue to wear the alarm until they have had 14 consecutive dry nights. There can be the odd slip and if that happens just go back to using the alarm until there have been 14 consecutive dry nights. 

   

Discontinuing the alarm prematurely can lead to a relapse.