The cost of bedwetting: to you and the environment

by Karen Radford 2 min read

The cost of bedwetting: to you and the environment

The environmental aspects of stopping bedwetting

Many parents and caregivers will use plastic-lined disposable diapers or pull-ups for their bedwetting child. The use of these pull-ups can continue up to the age of 10 and beyond. Calculating from the age of 5 (when bedwetting is considered to be a problem worth solving) through the age of 10 years, using one pull-up per day, 2200 pull-ups will be used by one bedwetting child in that time. In the USA, for example, there are approximately 7-9 million bedwetters over the age of 5 years, and, with one pull-up per day per child, that is around 3,000,000,000 pull-ups used per year in the USA. From 5 to 10 years there will be approximately 18,000,000,000 pull-ups used. In fact many children use more than one pull-up at night, and so the figure is conservative.

Most households simply dispose of them in the normal rubbish collection system, and they end up in land-fills. Apart from being a public health hazard, these pull-ups, because they are wrapped tightly in their plastic covering, have been estimated to take 500 years to decompose in a modern land-fill. The cumulative quantity of pull-ups in land-fill is staggering.

At around $1.00 each, the cost is $365.00 per year, or $2,190.00 during the period of bedwetting. Some families may have to spend more, and some less, but that is the average.

Moreover there are suggestions from some professionals that using a pull-up actually prolongs the period of bedwetting, because the child has little motivation for change.

Therefore, using a DRI Sleeper® bedwetting alarm costing around $80 is saving the family up to $2,000, and there is evidence that a child's self-esteem increases significantly.

Perhaps even more important is the fact that a bedwetting alarm can significantly reduce the accumulation of billions of pull-ups in land-fills, and their legacy of waste that can be there for up to 500 years.


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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