A survey of children who wet their beds at 12 years of age showed that only parental divorce and arguments are associated with more stress than bedwetting.
A seven-year-old who wets the bed has a 50% chance that he or she will continue to wet the bed for another five years. This is $ 1,500 in diapers.
Diapers are usually a good way to keep a bed dry, but they damage self-esteem and are expensive. A bedwetting alarm costs less than $ 100. This treatment cures the problem and pays for itself several times over by eliminating diaper use. Some health care plans even cover the cost.
It is estimated that diapers are the third largest single waste product behind newspapers and beverage containers.
Diapers are made of wood products (pulp) and superabsorbent polymers (SAP). SAP is made primarily from by-products of ethylene and gasoline production (acrylic acid derivatives). These polymeric particles act as tiny sponges that retain many times their weight in water. Diapers work well but have a massive environmental impact. Curing bedwetting with a bedwetting alarm can spare the globe with no downsides.