Anyone had any success from bed wetting alarms - getting desperate

(9 Posts)
anicecuppa Sun 23-Mar-14 08:21:09

My son who is 6 nearly 7 is wetting the bed every night, we have just spent the last month trying this hypnotherapy DVD "dry in 7 nights' by Alicia Eaton, he tried really hard and did all the activities etc and it hasn't worked at all, he is still wet every night and is now really despondent about the whole thing. I've kept reinforcing how well he has done and celebrating if he has managed to get to say 4am before he wets the bed etc. He is so desperate to be dry at night. I really want to help him (and stop the crazy amounts of washing for me!) I am considering now trying an alarm, have any of you had any success with these?

Yes, we did. But before you buy one, Ask if your GP can refer you to an enuresis clinic, if you've not done that already

penniespigsandpewter Sun 23-Mar-14 08:31:16

Do you limit fluid intake at least an hour before bedtime and make sure he has a big pee just before bed?

I gather you've probably tried that already.

<not so helpful, sorry>

Frawli Sun 23-Mar-14 20:45:56

Has he ever been dry in the night? I understood that until they're making whatever hormone it is that stops them making so much urine while they're sleeping they just won't be dry in the night, and it's considered normal up until about 7 or 8. I hope dry nights happen soon for him, especially if he's distressed about it.

Cleanthatroomnow Sun 23-Mar-14 20:55:04

Yes, it is def worth a try. Worked like a dream for my DS aged about 8. Alarm will wake everyone up before the child, but worth a few broken nights. Go via health visitor.

ChocolateHelps Sun 23-Mar-14 21:00:01

Not much help here but to add that my DD1 is now 8.5 yrs and only been dry for about a year. Tried from about 3yrs to take her out of night time pull ups. Eventually put her on the toilet at our bedtime each night. Kind of sleep walking for her when she was too big to carry. She's reliably dry now. Just had letter about 4 night school trip she's going on to say there will be pull ups available for children who need them done very sensitively so even in year 4 teachers aren't expecting 100% of the children to be dry.

Dd2 is 5.5 yrs and still wears a pull up each night. Planning to stop night pull ups and walk her to toilet at our bedtime this summer when I can easily do bedding washing. I plan to do same as with DD1. Spare duvet with cover already on and spare pj's on hand so I can change everything without putting light on

I feel until they produce the hormone that stops night time weeing then there's no point trying to do something my child simply can't do. Like trying to make a 9 mth old walk

Lot of social pressure to have children dry at night. My mum seemed to bring if up from about 2yrs old! Turns out DH wasn't dry at night till relatively late. Can be genetic. Also DD1 has teeth grinding and possible sleep apnea issues which can prevent stage 4 sleep where night time hormone for anti eurenesis is generated.

So, not much help with alarms but maybe a step back could take pressure off everyone? No ones business what happens in your home at night. Also look up ERIC online if you haven't already. Like PP I don't think it's considered a problem till 8 yrs old

DS tried one from the enuresis clinic but he soon learned how to disconnect it.

mary45678 Tue 25-Mar-14 22:33:36

Get a good bedwetting alarm that lets you select tones and adjust volume level.
I recommend a Chummie Bedwetting Alarm - www.chummie.com
It has helped my 8-year old daughter and I am impressed with it.
If alarms are not working, you should go see a urologist. They may be able to help diagnose the problem.

Good luck.

playftseforme Tue 25-Mar-14 22:36:46

Bought the Rogers one, for dd 6 who had never been dry at night. Had a couple of dry nights by week 2, competely dry by week 5. Dd happy to work with the reward chart which came with the alarm. Alarm was discrete and comfortable for dd to wear. Check out the reviews on Amazon!

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