Bedwetting Alarms: Do They Work?
For parents and children dealing with bedwetting, a bedwetting alarm can seem like a godsend. But do they actually do the trick?
A bedwetting alarm is a device that is worn by the child and sounds the alarm as soon as it detects any moisture from the bladder. The idea behind the alarm is to help the child develop bladder control and become more aware of their body's signals, therefore waking up to go to the loo before bedwetting happens.
Bedwetting alarms have been around for a long time, and while research has shown varying results, the majority of studies seem to suggest that they do work. In fact, according to some research, bedwetting alarms in children have a success rate of about 70-80%.
However, it's important to keep in mind that not all kids will respond to bedwetting alarms in the same way. Some children may see results quickly, while others may take a bit more time. Additionally, some kids may find the alarm uncomfortable or distracting, while others may have trouble waking up to the sound.
So, how can you tell if a bedwetting alarm is right for your child? Here are a few things to consider:
Age: Bedwetting alarms are most effective for kids over the age of 6.
Commitment: Bedwetting alarms require commitment and patience from both the child and the parent.
Cost: Bedwetting alarms can be pricey, so think about the cost before making a decision.
Type: There are several types of bedwetting alarms available, including wearable alarms or bedside alarms. Think about the child's preference and lifestyle when choosing an alarm.
Waterproof mattress protection: Regardless of which alarm you'll choose, your child is likely to have accidents in the first days or weeks. Protecting the mattress is crucial at this point to save you from scrubbing it in the morning or worse: having to buy a new mattress! PeapodMats washable bed pads are a popular choice amongst parents, whose children experience bedwetting. These genius mats stay in place without straps, on top of the bedsheet. You don't have to strip the whole bed in the middle of the night and PeapodMats are easy to wash. They're also 100% waterproof, so you don't have to worry about any nighttime accidents.
Bedwetting alarms can be an effective solution for many children who are struggling with bedwetting. However, it's important to keep in mind that they may not work for all children and require patience and commitment. Additionally, your child might not want to take the bedwetting alarm with them if they're having a sleepover at family or friend's house. Before making any decisions, consult your child's GP to determine if a bedwetting alarm is the right solution for your child.
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