When not to use a bed wetting alarm:
Every year, thousands of bed wetting (enuresis) alarms are sold on Amazon, are not recommended for children under age 6, and if your child won’t hear the buzzer it just won’t work.
Most children don’t hear the buzzer
Before you buy it... Bed wetting alarms are expensive, from $50 to $250 and parents tend to go for the more expensive alarms. In many cases these alarms are set aside for good after the first week because it was no help at all! The child is frustrated and the problem is worse than ever.
Try this: Set an alarm clock for two hours after the child goes to sleep. Find out if it wakes the child three nights in a row. This won’t solve the bed wetting problem, but it tells you if the child would hear a buzzer.
Bed wetting after age 6 is usually a “multi-causal” problem, best fixed with a “multi-modal” solution.
The instructions included with bed wetting alarms are usually about how to put the battery in, and how to turn it on and off. They really should include a 10-page booklet to cover all of the causes of bed wetting, because the alarm treats only one issue. For it to work at all, you should simultaneously address sensitivities, bladder health, motivation, and waking methods.
Once you’ve tried several methods to help your child stop bed wetting, the problem may be prolonged because the child thinks “Mom can’t help, the doctor can’t help…” That’s when you need a coach. We motivate children (and parents!!)
We use the enuresis alarm in the DryKids training as part of a 4-step program over 4 weeks:
In cases when we use a bed wetting alarm, it is just one aspect of treatment. The other components train a child to sleep more lightly, hydrate properly, train and enlargen balky bladders.
- We teach an elimination diet to remove foods that commonly irritate the bladder or brain..
- Then initiate bladder and sleep exercises..
- Next, set up a bed time exercise to create lighter sleep..
- Begin a program of motivation…
And then use the alarm in a four-step process to teach a child (or adult) how to train the bladder to sleep dry throughout the night.
DryKids Coaching is a fast, fun and easy way to ensure success.
The $250 you could spend on a fancy device that doesn’t work, is the same as the cost of our Long Distance Coaching. We include bed wetting alarms, personal coaching by Skype or Zoom or phone and internet. Our average time to dry is 8 weeks, but with a motivated parent and child it can be as little as three weeks to dry.
The DryKids Kit:
We ship our bed wetting alarm kits all over the world, from BC to Dubai, California to China! The kit includes our DryKids Manual, a buzzer appropriate for your child’s gender and age, and motivational materials. Only $89
Don’t live in Ontario Canada? We also teach on Skype
There are very few bed wetting therapists anywhere, especially in less populated Canadian provinces and U.S. states. Skype coaching is way more effective than purchasing a bed wetting alarm, and it costs only $250 including 90 minutes of personal Coaching, our Kit and Video Series. Most recently – two kids in Saskatchewan both ‘got dry’ in a few weeks.