How does a bedwetting alarm work?
A bedwetting alarm system consists of the alarm unit and the sensor (which is worn on the child’s underwear). It uses a psychological principle called behavioral conditioning to teach the child’s sleeping brain:
- When the child begins to wet, the sensor detects moisture and tells the alarm to go off (making noise, flashing lights, and/or vibrating).
- When the alarm goes off, it wakes the child, who stops urinating until they can get to the bathroom to finish.
- Over time, the child’s brain learns to associate the urge to urinate with waking up, and begins to wake up on its own when there is a need to go so the alarm is no longer needed.
Are bedwetting alarms effective?
Bedwetting alarms (also called moisture alarms, enuresis alarms, conditioning alarms and potty alarms) are highly effective in stopping bedwetting. (In contrast, bedwetting medication only offers temporary relief that lasts as long as medication is taken. Also medication has risks and side effects).
According to Mayo Clinic, “Moisture alarms are highly effective, carry a low risk of relapse or side effects, and may provide a better long-term solution than medication does.”
Will a bedwetting alarm help my child?
Your child is a good candidate for Chummie bedwetting alarm treatment if:
- He/she is bothered by bedwetting and wants to stop.
- He/she is willing to wear the alarm regularly while sleeping and cooperate with treatment (get up when the alarm goes off to finish urinating in the bathroom, clean up, and reset the alarm).
Could Chummie work for my child if other bedwetting alarms have not helped?
Yes, Chummie may help your child even if other alarms have failed. Because of its One Drop Detection sensor, strong response options (vibration and light in addition to variable volume), and many advanced features.
Chummie has helped thousands of children stop bedwetting. We frequently hear from parents whose child had tried other brands of alarms unsuccessfully, before finally stopping bedwetting with Chummie.
Do alarms treat all bed wetters and all kinds of bedwetting?
There are two kinds of bedwetting:
- Primary bedwetting – A pattern of heavy sleeping and producing high amounts of urine while asleep. (This is the kind 98% of bedwetters have).
- Secondary bedwetting – Bedwetting caused by a physical or emotional problem. In this type, the child may start wetting after being dry for years. This type is very uncommon. Consult a doctor if you suspect this type.
Bedwetting alarms, like Chummie, treat the most common type of bedwetting – primary bedwetting. Chummie is highly likely to help children who suffer from primary bedwetting. Also, Chummie is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
Does Chummie bedwetting alarm cure bedwetting permanently?
Contrary to what some competitors’ sites claim, no bedwetting alarm can promise to cure ALL children permanently. Most children will be ‘treated’ (remain permanently dry) after completing treatment. However, after becoming ‘dry’ (no wet beds for 14 nights in a row), a small percentage of children will ‘relapse,’ or start wetting again. If this happens, simply re-start Chummie alarm treatment. Treatment will likely be completed much faster the second time around.
Are bedwetting alarms safe?
Bed wetting alarms are very safe. Bed wetting alarms work by modifying behavior. Unlike drugs, there are no risks or side effects. Plus, Chummie offers additional comfort and safety features that some competitors’ alarms don’t have.
How long have bedwetting alarms been used?
Bedwetting alarms (also called enuresis alarms, potty alarms, moisture alarms, and conditioning alarms) have been used for decades. There are a number of alarms that have been on the market a long time, however many of they use out-of-date technology that does not work as well as Chummie’s cutting-edge technology.
How old does my child have to be to use a bedwetting alarm?
Bedwetting is treatable from the age of 4. Children can be treated for bedwetting as soon as it becomes a concern for them. Most children express concern by the age of 6.
Children can be treated as soon as:
- They show concern about their bed-wetting and are motivated to stop. (If a 4- or 5-year-old child is not bothered by their bed wetting, it’s ok to delay treatment. However, if your 4-year-old is unhappy about wetting the bed, they can use Chummie).
- They are not frightened when the alarm goes off.
- They are willing to wear the alarm regularly while sleeping and cooperate with treatment (get up when the alarm goes off to finish urinating in the bathroom, clean up, and reset the alarm.) Younger children may need help cleaning up and returning to bed.
There is no universally agreed-upon age at which children can start using an alarm to treat their bedwetting. Most doctors recommend bedwetting alarm treatment for children as young as 5. Some doctors recommend bedwetting alarms for children age 6 or 7+, because at that age nearly everyone considers bedwetting a problem and by that age most children are mature enough to respond to the alarm on their own.
Bedwetting alarms have been used effectively with children as young as 4. (Younger children may simply need help getting to the bathroom and cleaning up after an incident). Chummie is specially-designed to be easy enough for a 4-year-old to program.
Can Chummie bedwetting alarm help older children, adults and the elderly, too?
There is no age limit on who can use Chummie. It can help teenagers and adults with bedwetting issues. (Though people who are still wetting the bed at older ages have more severe bedwetting, and will likely take longer to treat). Also, caregivers for elderly persons with incontinence issues have used the alarm to alert them to when the older person has wet.
Is the Chummie bedwetting alarm loud enough to wake my deep sleeper?
Chummie bedwetting alarm was designed to be loud enough to wake even the deepest sleepers. Its loudest setting is very loud, but still within the safe range for not causing hearing damage. (Beware of some competitor’s alarms that are loud enough to cause hearing damage). Chummie’s alarm tone is pulsed (at high frequency) to help the brain responds to the sound.
Chummie’s vibration mode has also been shown to wake children who sleep through the auditory (sound) alarm.
My child doesn’t wake up to an alarm clock, or even to a smoke detector? How will Chummie be able to wake him/her?
Chummie is likely to be more effective than an alarm clock or smoke detector for three reasons:
- Because it is worn on the child’s clothing, Chummie is much closer than an alarm clock, and will be louder. The child will also feel the vibrations and may be awoken by the flashing lights.
- Chummie’s alarm is triggered by the first drop of urine, so the child is likely to be in a sleep stage where they can be woken more easily.
- Chummie goes off just as the child is starting to urinate. The time the alarm clock goes off has no particular relationship to the child’s need to urinate.
How is the alarm going off different than me waking my child up during the night?
When parents wake their child at night to prevent bedwetting, it may help prevent wetting that specific night because their bladder is empty. However, it doesn’t help a child to stop bedwetting on other nights because the connection between the brain and the bladder has not been formed. It is important for the brain to realize that the bladder is full and either hold urine or wake up your child to use the bathroom. Chummie does that!