Bedwetting (primary nocturnal enuresis) is like any other childhood problem that is extremely stressful for both parents and children. Success is often found more likely in well motivated children. It requires patience and commitment from the bedwetting child and parents. Along with supporting your child emotionally, there are many tips you can use to reduce the number of bedwetting accidents.
Here are the top 10 bedwetting alarm success tips compiled by our specialists just for you.
Getting into the routine - Your doctor or nurse will usually give you a routine to follow which is designed to help and motivate your child. Follow the routine carefully. It can help your child stop bedwetting.
Practice using the alarm - Practice using the bedwetting alarm with your child. Explain that it is for their benefit and set expectations. Help your child set up the alarm and practice going to the bathroom with lights turned off.
Liquid intake - Reduce and limit fluid intake in the evening at least two hours before bed time. Avoid carbonated drinks, sodas and drinks that contain caffeine.
Use a nightlight - Provide a strong nightlight near the bed which wakes up your child so it is convenient to go to the bathroom at night.
Wake up your child - At first, your child may not wake up to the bedwetting alarm. This is normal. If you hear the alarm go off at night, you should wake up your child. Doing this alerts them to the alarm sound.
Set a schedule - have your child go to the bathroom before he/she gets into bed. Instruct them to sleep at the right time each night and ensure that the radio and television are turned off so there is no distraction at night.
Consistent use - The bedwetting alarm should be used every night until 14 consecutive dry nights are recorded without a bedwetting event. You should be persistent and patient as this takes time. Your child will eventually master bladder control and stop bedwetting.
Reward your child - Use the star reward system included with the bedwetting alarm. These charts motivate children. Give them a sticker for each night they stay dry . When a certain number of stickers are collected, give them a surprise gift.
Monitor bowel movement - Ensure that your child is not constipated. Constipation is one of the leading causes of bedwetting in children and interferes with efficient emptying of the bladder.
Use a good alarm - Most children are deep sleepers and their brain may tune out to a single tone alarm. We recommend to buy a bedweting alarm with multiple tones, strong vibrations and bright lights to wake up even deep sleepers.