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Bedwetting Alarm

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Henwelly Mon 19-Sep-11 14:35:41

Can anyone recommend one - have been looking and their seems to be loads of different ones.


glasshouse Tue 20-Sep-11 10:02:42

I'd be interested as well if anyone has any recommendations. My boy doesnt seem to wet the bed so much as 'dribble' a bit before he wakes up!

rabbitstew Tue 20-Sep-11 10:35:51

Someone recommended one on a thread a while back - the Rodger wireless alarm, I think? Apparently you can get them from Amazon and they don't have all the wires that most bedwetting alarms have (given that they are wireless operated!). ERIC seems to sell Malem alarms. Haven't tried any for ds1 myself yet, though, as he hasn't been keen on the idea. Will probably try next summer, when he's over 8, though, as I think I'll be able to persuade him the alarm won't be that upsetting by then (particularly if he can choose the tune and I sleep in the room with him at first, to make sure he can handle it!).

NeverendingStoryteller Tue 20-Sep-11 13:05:17

I used the Malem alarm and it worked within 3 weeks - although, I did sleep in the same room as DS when he had it attached, to be sure that he got up and that his body started associating the need to wee with getting out of bed. It was the best thing I ever did.

I used to put him in underpants, then I put the alarm sensor over the top of his underpants, then secured it all with a huge 25kg+ nappy with his pyjamas on top. I always kept a spare pair of undies, pyjamas, and a spare nappy ready to go in the night, so getting up and changing was a quick process. After about a week, he was getting so good at holding it in (once it had started) that we had almost no sheet changes/pyjama changes - just went through the underpants and nappies. After two weeks, the night time wetting almost stopped, but for a few accidents, and after three weeks, it stopped altogether.

Now we have a rare accident - maybe once every couple of months, and it is usually my fault cos I've given him liquids too close to bedtime, or fizzy drinks at any point in the afternoon.

I swear by these alarms - as long as you are willing to help him through the few weeks it will take to get dry.

Good luck!

Henwelly Tue 20-Sep-11 13:53:49

Thankyou, I will have alook at both of them.

DS is going for a wee at bedtime, then we take him at 10pm, put a pull up on and he is STILL wetting through the nappy - sometimes twice sad

Its getting silly know and means he always has broken sleep so need to do something.

bumpybecky Tue 20-Sep-11 14:02:20

have you asked your gp for a referral to the enuresis clinic?

they lend alarms out for free if they think the child might benefit from one

Henwelly Tue 20-Sep-11 14:49:45

I have been to the doctor's and until recently agreed that he was too young to be worrying too much.

He's now nearly six and I still think he's young, but it is impacting on his day to day life - I'm a bit loathe to see the doc again as he mentioned medication, not sure what that would be!

thecaptaincrocfamily Tue 20-Sep-11 15:06:51

We had a Malem alarm and had pretty amazing results. However, a word of caution, it is a waste of time to just use it on its own. You need to speak to the school nurse who will be happy to refer you to the enuresis clinic. DD1 was only just 5 when we were referred and now she is dry almost every night, about 10 accidents since may. You need to do it in conjunction with other advice. They recommend at least 6-8 200ml drinks of water/ diluted pure juice/ milk only per day. If he doesn't drink enough at school he needs to increase this. They recommend no lifting. It is about expanding bladder capacity during the day to strech it, so it can hold more volume at night.

No blackcurrant
No fizzy drinks
No bubble baths before bed
TV not on in the room before bed.
Not saying that you do this btw, just that there are lots of contributing factors. smile
Use a drinks chart if he doesn't drink.
Use a bed mat rather than pull ups.

thecaptaincrocfamily Tue 20-Sep-11 15:07:54

Henwelly the medication is vasopressin but that is the last line treatment to be honest. Thats why you are better speaking to the school nurse.

rabbitstew Tue 20-Sep-11 15:56:31

I think eneuresis clinics in most areas won't accept referrals for children under the age of 7 or 8 unless they also have a daytime problem.

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