A bedwetting alarm is not complicated, but it is important that both you and your child understand exactly what to do when the alarm sounds. Effectiveness is greatly enhanced if your child is motivated to wake up quickly and fully, and then follows the recommended procedure. DryMaker® provides step-by-step instructions that are detailed and easy to understand.
It is only with time and consistent training that your child’s brain will adapt and eventually wake up before the bed is wet and the alarm is triggered. This usually takes several weeks and progress is often slow.
Issues you may initially encounter:
It is very important that your child wants to become dry. He or she needs to be committed to waking up to the alarm and must be mature enough to understand what to do. For this reason, bedwetting alarms are usually recommended for children over five. However, more important than age, is the child’s desire to get dry.
DryMaker® supplies the tools and support you’ll need to help motivate your child, including a progress chart and a booklet on bedwetting designed specifically for young readers.
The most common reason for failure with a bedwetting alarm is that children/families do not stick with the treatment long enough. Many parents buy an alarm with the expectation that their child will wake up to the alarm from the very start. This is often not the case. It can take weeks before a child wakes up on his or her own. Don’t give up on the treatment if your child is not waking up without assistance. Perseverance and consistency are crucial.
A bedwetting alarm does not work for all children or in all families. In some cases, a child may not be ready for bedwetting alarm treatment and will respond better in a year or two when sleep patterns have changed, the bladder has grown larger and he/she is more mature. Additionally, you can discuss other treatment options with your doctor. Don’t hesitate to ask for a referral to a pediatrician as some family physicians may not have this specialized expertise.