People often ask “which bedwetting alarm is the best one for my child?” It is sometimes confusing to work out.
1. How old is your child?
There are a few important questions to consider.
Generally for younger children the clip-on alarms are recommended. They are easy to use, can be put on after the child goes to sleep and can be used with underpants or pull-ups.
Children who move a lot in bed
The clip-on and pin-on alarms move with the child. They attach near the shoulder. The lead threads between a T-shirt and singlet.At the bottom of the T-shirt the moisture sensor goes between two pairs of underpants. Alternatively the sensor can go between underpants and pull-ups. If the child is in a single bed then the pad and bell is usually suitable unless the child moves to the opposite end of the bed. In a wider bed the parent may have to put pillows down the length of the bed to stop the child moving across.
8 years – Teenagers
For older children and teenagers we usually recommend the and the Pad and Bell alarm. It is extremely loud but that is what is needed for these children. This alarm can also be used on younger children whether they wet every night or less frequently. This alarm cannot be used with pull-ups as the urine has to get down to the mat to set it off. The Pad and Bell alarm is also suitable for children who do not want anything attached to them.
Is your child wearing pull-ups now?
As you can continue with the pull-ups with the clip-on alarms many parents feel they will be able to manage the extra work of getting up at night to the alarm if they don’t have a wet bed and extra washing as well. Many of our customers achieve success but keep using pull-ups until their child improves. If you live in a drought affected area washing a lot of sheets is not an option. Once your child is only wetting once a week then take off the pull-ups and use a waterproof mattress pad overlay. They are machine washable and can be tumble dried. This will stop the sheets getting wet. If your child is ready to stop the pull-ups then the waterproof overlays are very handy.
Does your child wet every night?
These children need the steps on the DVD to help them respond to the alarm but will almost always need an alarm as well to achieve a complete cure.
When you get your child up at night do they wake up or are they still actually asleep?
Children who are very deep sleepers are more likely to respond to the loudest alarm which is the Pad and Bell alarm. In the beginning the alarm is for the parents who must go in and wake the child if necessary. The child then turns off the alarm.
Have you tried an alarm before?
If you have tried an alarm before, perhaps you hired it, had success and now the bedwetting has returned you need to follow the steps on the DVD and purchase an alarm so you have it at home in case of a relapse. If you did not achieve success start with the steps on the DVD then try an alarm again and the loudest one is recommended i.e. Kit 1 with the Pad and Bell alarm
What about Wireless alarms?
We have found that these alarms are not as reliable. It may be because the transmitter is attached to the underpants and so the electronics and moisture are very close.
Children who only wet occasionally
The reasons could be many. It is best to follow all the steps on the DVD as well as using a pad and bell alarm. This alarm can sit on the bed under the fitted sheet. It is not seen and does not have to be set up each night yet will sound an alarm on the occasional night that the bedwetting occurs.
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