Moisture alarms for
bed-wetting are worn on the body and make a sound when
urine first touches the child's underclothing. The child is encouraged to try
to "beat the buzzer." When the alarm sounds, the child:
Gets out of bed and disconnects the
Goes to the bathroom to finish urinating (even if the child
no longer feels any need to).
Changes clothing and reconnects the
Changes the linens or puts a towel on any wet
At first, parents may need to help the child with all of the
above steps. Children younger than 10 may not hear the alarm, but the treatment
still works if parents hear it and wake the child. Also, the parent or child
may keep a chart or calendar of dry, wet, and wet-spot nights to encourage the
Things that go bump in the night. The bane of Miss Muffet's existence. A
teacher's harsh rebuke. What do they all have in common? Plenty: They're all
typical childhood anxieties and fears.
Nothing to worry (too much) about. But try telling that to your child! As a
parent, you can make a big difference in how well your child handles common
worries like these. Here are a few ideas that may help.
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Moisture alarms are the most successful treatment for
bed-wetting. The treatment is most successful with older children who can hear
the alarm and wake themselves. Moisture alarms may be
used with other treatments, such as motivational therapy, as needed.
A child is less likely to return to bed-wetting after using a moisture
Treatment is continued until the child has been
dry for 4 weeks. It can take up to 4 months to see results.1
The child drinks extra liquids
during the day to stretch the bladder toward the end of treatment.
Moisture alarms are inexpensive, safe, and fairly simple to
use. But the child and the parents need to be trained in how to use the