5 reasons a bedwetting alarm is a smart investment

by Karen Radford 2 min read

I subscribe to the ‘glass-half-full’ world view.

Having a child who wets the bed can put a strain on family life, and the bedwetter often has to deal with feelings of inadequacy or being different, no matter how much you tell them it is not their fault.  However, there is an upside to this problem. The child who learns to take responsibility for solving the problem and works to stop the bedwetting learns a valuable early lesson in life- he or she has the ability to change their life for the better. Many of us do not learn this lesson until much later, if at all.

Therefore, investing in a bedwetting alarm for your child is a smart investment. It can stand the bedwetter in good stead for dealing with other challenges they may encounter as they grow up.

A bedwetting alarm is also a smart investment for the following reasons:

1. International research indicates that they are the only proven method to treat bedwetting successfully.

Success rates with bedwetting alarms range from 70-90% compared to around 25% for behavioural therapies, e.g., reward systems or ‘lifting’, and 60% for drug therapies, e.g. the synthetic hormone Desmopressin or the anti-depressant, Imipramine.  However, with drug therapy, once the medication is ceased the relapse rates range between 59-100%.

2. There is no risk of side-effects from using a bedwetting alarm as there are with using medication.

Bedwetting alarms work on the principle of conditioned learning whereby a weak or inoperative stimulus (the feeling of a full bladder) is replaced with a strong one (the sound of an alarm) until such time as the desired result (waking up to go to the toilet) is produced by the feeling of a full bladder rather than the sound of the alarm.

3. Bedwetting alarms do not require the child to change their drinking habits close to bedtime.

The main reason a child wets the bed is not that he or she drinks too much before bed, or produces too much urine during the night and sleeps too deeply, its’ because the bladder reflex allows automatic and involuntary voiding when the bladder is full. So, drinking more or less before bed is not going to change this situation. What needs to happen is the brain has to be taught to recognise the signal from the bladder indicating it’s full, and wake the child to go to the toilet. 

4. Bedwetting alarms are a cost-effective solution.

Especially when compared to the price of prescription drugs, or the ongoing use of diapers or pull-ups. On an annual basis, disposable nappies could cost up to $400 per year.  Also, the environmental costs of disposing of diapers in landfills are well-documented. 

5. Bedwetting alarms can be kept and used again.

These products can be reused in the event of a relapse or can be used for other bedwetting siblings or children of friends and family, subject to the replacement, if required, of consumables such as batteries or sensors.

So, if your child suffers from bedwetting do think seriously about investing in a bedwetting alarm. It could make a positive difference to the quality of your child’s life….and yours! 

Disclaimer: For information only. This communication is not intended nor recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professionals regarding any medical questions or conditions.

Karen Radford
Karen Radford


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It’s been fantastic

Hello, I have a dri sleeper bedwetting alarm I have been using with my seven year old son for ten weeks now. It’s been fantastic as except for the first two weeks we haven’t had a single wet bed.

Well done - that is a terrific effort!
We have seen a massive improvement

Hi Karen,

We have been following all of the advice in your email for the past five weeks and we have seen a massive improvement. After the second week he was dry for six nights in a row, the following week the alarm went off four times (only once during the night) and his underpants were only wet a small amount. The following week the alarm only went off once and again only his underpants were wet. We are currently in a stretch of six nights dry and hoping for this to continue.

Thank you so much for your assistance, any advice is greatly appreciated.
Kind regards

Natalie

That’s great news. Yes keep using the alarm until he has achieved 14 consecutive dry nights then he can stop using the alarm.
this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage!

Hello Karen, I can confirm that this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage! Can’t rate this highly enough and our 6 year old boy has basically gone from being wet every night (without fail) to now getting up on his own accord and going to the toilet in the night and being dry (pull up free!) in the morning! Even held wee in till the morning on a couple of occasions over last week! Incredibly effective product and will obviously be giving 5 stars on Amazon shortly (which says something as very rarely leave product reviews!)

Kind Regards

Richard
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Congratulations Richard! Thanks for the feedback.
Cured!!!! Thank you.

Cured!!!! Thank you. I was dubious as to whether it would really work. It took a while to persuade our 5y/o to try it as she was VERY attached to the night nappies. The first 2 weeks were very hard. Up every night. But I could see some small progress in the second week as she began to wake up. Week 3 a lot better. Week 4 we started having dry nights. We’ve only had one bed wet since she was dry and that was at 9pm and we think due to a bad dream. Now she gets up to go to the toilet or waits till morning. So happy. It was well worth the perseverance and all the extra washing. No more nappies for us! She still won’t give up the alarm yet, but that’s no issue.

Perserverance is the key. Well done Deb!
He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself.

My 7 year old son has NEVER been dry in his life. Every night he was SATURATED and leaked through pull ups through the bedding.

It was his decision to order his alarm from your website as he was desperate to be dry and 'normal'. We ordered the DRI Sleeper excel.

From the first night he was dry he has NEVER had an accident since. He raced around the house with joy, saying 'my brain has woken up, my brain has woken up!!!!'.

It's now 6 weeks since his first dry night. He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself that it worked. In reflection I wish I'd gotten the wireless version but it still did a great job.

Words can't express how this has changed our sons life and ours. We have given away all his pull ups and we are all well slept. I can't thank you enough.

Thanks for sharing your story with us. This will be very encouraging for other parents.