This alarm has two options, a siren sound as on the DVD “Bedwetting Cured” or a recordable sound. There is also a vibration option. See the diagram on page 15 of the green instruction book.
To remove back right cover lift bottom edge, press in at the top and slide down. Remove white plastic (if there) and leave batteries in. Test the recordable function is working by attaching the lead and wetting the sensor. You should hear the pre–recorded message.
If necessary thread the lead between two T shirts or singlets so the lead stays in place.
We recommend you use this on the first night.
You will need to remove the top battery to set it to the alarm function. Note the bottom right battery sits lower than bottom left. Test the alarm sound is working by setting the top switch to the middle setting (2) and the lower switch to the bottom setting (2). Replace battery. Wet the sensor. You should get the light flashing, vibration and the siren sound.
Make sure you have listened to the pre–recorded message so you can hear the volume to expect. There is no volume control so you need to speak very loudly when recording. It will then play back at normal volume. Speak about 15cm (6”) away from the grill on the front of the alarm, using a parent or familiar adult’s voice. If you are too close when recording, the voice will be garbled, too far away, the voice will be too soft.
Set upper switch to the top setting (1) and lower switch to the top setting (1).
With batteries in and cover off gently press the black switch and hold it down with a finger or pen. A light will come on. It is then recording. Say the following, using the child’s name.
“Name, wake up, stop wetting the bed. Name, wake up, stop wetting the bed”.
This will take about ten seconds, which is the length of the recording.Redo the recording if it is not satisfactory. Just press the black button again. To listen to the recording, wet the sensor, which will set off the alarm. When the alarm is set off it will keep repeating this recorded message. Pin the alarm near the shoulder so it is close to the child’s ear. Research with smoke detectors has found that young children sleep through a piercing beep 50% of the time; however, they are more likely to wake to a parent’s voice mentioning their name.
Another option is to record the child′s mobile phone ring tone. This is often a sound they will react to quickly.
Parent must be able to hear the alarm:
The parents will still need to go into the child’s room, as shown on the DVD, so it is essential that the parent can hear the alarm when it starts. The recordable function will be harder for the parent to hear. If necessary put a baby monitor in the child’s room or move the child’s mattress into the parent’s room.
Test the alarm by putting a moist finger onto the sensor so the child can hear what will happen during the night. Explain to the child that they should wake up, stop wetting, turn off the alarm, get up and go to the toilet.
What to wear:
At night the child wears two pairs of underpants (or one pair of underpants and pull–ups over the top if you are short of water for washing or find this easier). The sensor is placed between the two pairs of underpants. The clip is attached to the underpants.
To turn the alarm off, the parent removes the sensor from the wet underpants until the child can manage this and the child presses the button on the side of the alarm. Dry the sensor if the alarm continues to sound.
The parent then changes the waterproof mattress overlay and helps the child change underpants.
Helping your child wake up:
If your child has not started to wake to the alarm within a week, or remains half asleep after you have woken them, you can try this method, which research has found, led to improved success rates.
Find something your child is interested in eg football cards. For young children stickers may be satisfactory.
Ask your child to make one hundred coupons out of cardboard or use stickers, about fifty for the child and fifty for the parent.
At night, if the child wakes and turns off the alarm and gets up themselves within a few minutes of the alarm going off, the parent gives the child two stickers. If the child fails to wake, the parent wakes them and then the child must give the parent one sticker. This must be done during the night at the time of wetting. When the child has all the stickers (or has 21–30 dry nights) they get a prearranged reward, e.g. football cards. New recommendations are for 30 dry nights before putting the alarm away.