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~Cricket~ 12-12-2012 01:55 PM

Have you used a bedwetting alarm?
I'm looking for some feedback from families that have tried bedwetting alarms. How did they work? How long did it take before your child was dry at night? Would you recommend them, or would you suggest something else?

I've got a 9 year old and a 7 year old who wet the bed every night. My 5 year old is dry and has been for a while. I've been waiting and waiting for the day that the older ones would out grow this, and I'm starting to feel like that day is never coming. Pull-ups are getting really expensive, and cloth didn't work for them.
The pediatric specialist said that he thought the bedwetting alarms took so long to work and would require us getting up so often that he didn't recommend them for us, since we are still getting up at night with other little ones. But I'm getting to the point that I'm willing to try it, if it would help!

What do you think?

my2sweets 12-12-2012 02:34 PM

I only have 1 nights experience with them on one child while I was in college. It ranks as one of the worst nights of my life. I was babysitting a 5yo little boy. I had just fallen asleep when I hear this god awful loud screachy alarm and him crying while bumping into walls. I ran to him-still mostly asleep and at the other end of the hall, no where near the bathroom. I shut the stupid thing off, guided him to the bathroom, cleaned up his mess-b/c again he was still pretty much asleep-and put him back to bed(without the alarm). It was clear to me his body was no where near being ready to pt at night. I told his parents what happened and how I felt about it when they asked how everything went. Shortly after they stopped using it.

Im sure they work for some kids or they probably wouldnt be around anymore but some kids just need time.

Gl mama

bluedaisyma 12-12-2012 03:48 PM

When my oldest was 8 and still wetting the bed the urologist rec'd one but we declined. He slept like the dead and it would have woken up the three littles but not him. We also declined meds. It's common for some to wet the bed til they are teens

pumkinsmommy 12-12-2012 07:58 PM

Re: Have you used a bedwetting alarm?
Yes, and it was nothing like pps experience. It made a vibrating type of sound and wasn't jarring at all. It helped my nephew who at nearly 10 still wet the bed. He slept so deep that even when we tried to take him to the bathroom and his eyes were open he would never be able to go. He used it for 6 months when it broke and before my sister could order a new one, realized he no longer needed it. What it does is at the first drop of wetness makes a sound and a vibration. It is attached to the undies and the collar of the pajama top. Once the child is repeatedly woken over days, it begins to train the mind to wake up at the sensation of needing to go. I highly rec. it to anyone who needs it. It is non invasive. The one my sister go from the ped was called a Starry. Also the older the child is the longer it can take to work.

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