How does Bedwetting Alarm works?
Treating Enuresis with an alarm basically consists of using a notifying device that detects the exact moment when a child begins to wet the bed. The alarm wakes them up at that exact moment so that they contract their bladder (sphincter).
This contraction will have a twofold impact.
- It will reinforce their bladder’s muscle (sphincter).
- It will condition them to recognize their need to pee and wake up when needed.
This is what we call “the conditioning of the reflex” or “conditioned reflex,” a method based on Pavlov’s study, sometimes referred to as the Pavlov Reflex.
These principles of conditioning, used by the Enureflex Clinic are the same for all enuresis prevention alarms. No matter the device, the principles of treatment are the same, meaning detecting the moment when the child begins to wet the bed, and waking them up at that moment so that they contract their bladder (sphincter).
Now all you have to do is choose the mode of detection and the type of alarm that you prefer. Make sure that you choose a device that will wake your child without frightening them.
You should be aware that using an inadequate alarm for you child could have the opposite effect, meaning it could dissuade or discourage you or your child from using this method, when in reality, it’s this type of treatment that brings about the best results and the best chances of success when it is properly used.
Gone are the days of traumatizing “Bedwetting Alarms”!
At the Enureflex Clinic, we believe that to wake a bedwetting child, we shouldn’t have to frighten them, even if they sleep very heavily.
Actually, most of the children we treat are very heavy sleepers.
To treat these children, we use the Night Guard System. Not because it’s less expensive than the others, but because it’s the best (and by far). Much more efficient than most other devices, it’s incredibly adaptable and has the ability to adjust to the child’s sleep patterns.
I’m scared to frighten them!
NO WAY THEY’LL BE FRIGHTENED!
Starting gently with soft MUSIC, the VIBRATION under the mattress will wake them. Generally, this is enough for most children.
My Child is a very Heavy Sleeper
NO PROBLEM! Even for heavy and deep sleepers. The Night Guard System offers 9 different sounds. Combined with the vibration and the light, you’ll find the sound that will successfully wake your child. What’s more, while they’re wetting the bed, your child is in a lighter sleep cycle, making it easier to wake them up in that moment.
From a “comfort and speed of detection” point of view, the Night Guard system uses washable flannel (cotton) detection strips. They’re very thin, they offer superior comfort, and since they’re placed directly in the underwear, the detection is incredibly quick, and even if the child moves a lot, the detection remains fixed in place.
In fact, thanks to the Night Guard System’s performance and our follow-up and support, over 95% of children that we treat succeed and now have dry sleeps every night.
Condition them yourself?
In concrete terms, with regard to your child’s enuresis, you could condition your child without an alarm, simply by waking them up yourself the moment they start to wet the bed, not right before, or right after. They have to be woken up as they’re urinating to provoke the contraction of their sphincter (the bladder’s muscle).
In that case, the difficulty isn’t in waking them up, but knowing when exactly to wake them up. Knowing that means that you have to spend every night with your hand under the sheets in order to detect the moment when your child begins to wet the bed.
Yes, I know, it’s not really a great idea! This is why we use a bedwetting prevention alarm. The alarm detects the moment when your child begins to wet the bed, waking them up at the right moment for you.
Average duration of treatment?
Generally, a few weeks suffice (6 weeks on average) for a child to stop wetting the bed.
Facts, following the treatment:
- The majority of treated children wake themselves up once a night, without the alarm, to go pee.
- Others can hold it in all night without having to get up.
- Finally, some of them do a combination of both: on some nights, they wake up and go to the washroom, and on others, they hold it in.
In each of the above cases, the problem is solved and you’ll find yourself with a happy and proud child, and you’ll no longer have wet bedding to clean every morning.
Bonus for your child: They’ll now be able to drink as much as they want. You’ll no longer have to hold them back or monitor their liquid intake.
This article “Treatment of enuresis with bedwetting alarm” has been written and published by Enureflex Clinic.