Bedwetting Alarm Treatment Progress

How quickly does Chummie Bedwetting Alarm Treatment work?

Chummie starts working from the very first night it is triggered. However, the learning process will take some time. In the beginning, parents may need to help wake children who are very deep sleepers and lead them to the bathroom. The child’s brain is already learning, even if they didn’t yet wake on their own.

How do I know if Chummie is working?

Some signs of significant progress are:

  • Your child wakes to the alarm.
  • Your child reacts more and more quickly to the alarm going off. (i.e. the bed will be less wet).
  • Your  child begins to ‘beat the alarm’ – waking up before they start to urinate. This shows that Chummie has taught your child’s brain to respond to the sensation of the bladder filling. Keep using Chummie until your child has been able to sleep for 14 days in a row without triggering the alarm or wetting.

My child did not wake up to the Chummie alarm and slept through it for more than a week. Should I stop the bedwetting alarm treatment?

No, keep using Chummie! Kids who are extremely deep sleepers may sleep though the alarm for the first 1-2 weeks. Even if the parent wakes them, they are still learning from the alarm. After some time, the child will begin waking on their own.

How long does a typical bedwetting alarm treatment take?

When using Chummie consistently, it takes most children between 7-10 weeks to stop wetting.

Many factors can affect treatment time, including: age (older children typically need more time); gender; weight; sleep pattern; and family history of bedwetting. Some children may stop wetting after a week, while others may need a few months. Each child is different. To ensure maximum treatment speed and effectiveness, make sure that your child is using Chummie each and every night.

How long do results last?

In most cases, bedwetting will be permanently stopped.

My child stopped bedwetting. Do they need to keep wearing Chummie to stay dry?

No, Chummie works by training your child’s brain to wake when there is a need to urinate. If your child has been dry for 14 nights in a row, their brain has been successfully trained. The child can sleep without Chummie.

What is relapse? What should I do if my child relapses?

A small percentage of children begin to wet again after being dry for 14 consecutive nights. This is called a relapse. Simply start using Chummie again, just as you did the first time. Treatment will likely take less time this time around.

Note: Wetting the bed again after being dry for months or years can be a sign of an underlying physical or emotional problem. Consult your doctor.

What can we do to prevent a relapse?

To help prevent a relapse, you can try a technique called ‘over learning.’ After your child has been dry 14 nights in a row:

1) Tell your child to drink a big glass of water about 30 minutes before bedtime. (This will cause them to have to urinate a few hours after going to bed. Your child will either wet the bed, or wake up on their own. Whether the child is able to “beat the alarm” or not, this gives more opportunities for learning to respond to a full bladder).

2) If your child has been dry for 14 nights, even after drinking the extra water before bedtime, your child can stop wearing Chummie.
Your child’s brain has formed a strong connection between the need to urinate and waking up, so relapse is highly unlikely.

My child is dry! How should I dispose Chummie?

Keep Chummie for a few months in case your child has a relapse. If your child is still dry after several months, you can send us your used Chummie for the Donate your Chummie Program to be refurbished and given to less privileged children.

Should I hold on to my Chummie in case my younger child wet the bed someday?

It’s up to you whether you want to store it somewhere just in case. The IntelliFlex sensor is designed to last several years if cared for properly. However, most children dislike hand-me-downs. We recommend using a new sensor for each child for hygienic reasons.