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Has anyone had this experience with a bedwetting alarm?

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HornetQueen Thu 06-Oct-11 15:24:26

We used a bedwetting alarm very successfully with two of our DCs when they were 6 and 5. DS stopped wetting forever, DD still did occasionally - maybe once every three or four weeks.

She is now 11, and a few months ago she started wetting more frequently – two or three times a week. So, a month ago we invested £100 in a wireless bedwetting alarm. From the very first night it has worked like this: the alarm goes off, she wakes up, goes to the toilet, sorts herself out – no wet bed or pyjamas, just a few drops on the pants. No input needed from anyone else – she does it all herself.

The problem is this has now happened 15 times and there is no further progress. The number of nights when the alarm goes off has actually increased since she started using it. The next stage should be that she either starts to anticipate the alarm and wakes up before it goes off, or she has more completely dry nights. But neither of these has happened.

Has anyone else got stuck at this stage, and how did you move on from it?

Madlizzy Thu 06-Oct-11 15:26:28

Could the increase be due to starting high school and the stress of it all, or an infection? MIght be worth ruling both out.

HornetQueen Thu 06-Oct-11 15:30:39

Yes I think it might have to do with starting secondary school, but she has settled in really well and is loving it. I don't think an infection as she has no symptoms during the day.

Moomoomie Thu 06-Oct-11 15:42:48

It may well be a uti. My daughters have recurrent uti's with no other symptons, but bed wetting. It is worth taking a sample to the GP, just to rule it out.

HornetQueen Thu 06-Oct-11 17:07:32

Really Moomoomie? I've never heard of that. I will definitely get it checked out. How old are your daughters?

HornetQueen Fri 07-Oct-11 11:03:12

I've seen the nurse and sent a urine sample off to check for infection. I would never have thought that a UTI could have bedwetting as the only symptom, so thanks - perhaps that is the reason for the increase.

HornetQueen Fri 07-Oct-11 11:13:24

I'm still wondering if there's anyone who has had a similar experience to us with an alarm. I've heard of alarms not being successful because the child sleeps so deeply the noise doesn't wake them, but that's not the case here. She wakes immediately it sounds, every time. But she's not progressing to waking up before it sounds. Perhaps the reason could be that she has an infection - this is being checked. Any other suggestions? The alarm only ever goes off once each night, usually between midnight and 1 a.m.

Moomoomie Sat 08-Oct-11 19:37:32

My dd's are now 12,10 and 4.
The eldest had really frequent uti's that we knew nothing about. She was even hospitalized once with suspected appendicitis which turned out to be a uti. She had a year of profilactic antibiotics and now seems to be fine.... Touch wood. We have not had any uti's for over 2 years , so i hope she is fine.
The 10 year old is on profilactics at the moment, has been for over a year, as she has had many break through infections.
The 4 year old is looking as though she will follow her sisters.
None of them have stinging on micturition, they all have had delay toileting and frequency.
We did not try the alarms at all, we lifted them when we went to bed until they were ok.
I always find as soon as they have an infection, the bed wetting starts again.
Sorry for the essay. grin

HornetQueen Sun 09-Oct-11 07:11:53

No, that's really interesting, thanks. If it does turn out to be an infection, I might be back with more questions. grin

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