Results in research trials of bedwetting (enuresis) alarms have varied from 40% success to 97% success. There are several reasons for variability in success rates with bedwetting alarms.
- It is very common for parents to be given incorrect instructions with the alarm. They often expect the child to wake to the alarm. These children are such heavy sleepers they will generally not wake to the alarm initially. The parents will hear the alarm and must go in and wake the child at the time of the wetting. Eventually the message gets through from the child’s bladder to their brain and they will wake up to the sound of the alarm.
- Often the alarm is tried without combining its use with any other strategies. Unless all the factors causing the bedwetting are addressed in a systematic and comprehensive way results can be disappointing and child may never start to wake to the alarm. The causes are generally a combination of factors including a small bladder capacity, too much urine produced at night, very deep sleep and constipation. Long term success is much more likely with a program which addresses all these factors. The alarm is only addressing the deep sleep.
- The parents continue using the alarm for months on end until they are too tired to continue. If the child has not started to improve within two months then the alarm should be stopped. Everyone needs a break. The initial steps of the program should be continued for three months and then the alarm should be tried again, often with a successful result.
- The child may be frightened by the alarm and refuse to wear it after the first use. If this is the case, rather than stopping the alarm, it can be put on after the child goes to sleep or an alarm with a voice or recording option can be used. These children, who wake easily to the alarm, and are frightened are likely to be cured quite quickly if the alarm is continued.
- Hiring a Bedwetting Alarm.
Another common problem with alarms is that some models are very expensive. Some Pad and Bell alarms cost about two thousand dollars so these alarms are generally hired, because they are too expensive for families to purchase. Also the alarm pads on these hired alarms need to be disinfected between patients. There is often a waiting period of six to twelve months to get one of these hired alarms. Often there is a time limit for families to keep the alarm. The child may appear to have been cured and the alarm is returned to the clinic, however it is common for children to have a relapse within the first 12 months. There may not be an alarm available for hire at the clinic or hospital when it is needed again. If the alarm is not restarted immediately the problem can return and become established again. For this reason it is better to purchase a bedwetting alarm. Generally if the alarm is restarted immediately, the problem will stop again very quickly. We now sell an inexpensive pad and bell alarm with the DVD program which is extremely loud.
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