Bedwetting in Children

Bedwetting in children is a common childhood problem that affects about 6 million children in the U.S. Why a child wets the bed depends on many reasons that include medical problems such as constipation and unitary tract infections, emotional stress or simply because bedwetting runs in the family.

Of course bedwetting is stressful for bedwetting child as well as his family. However, bedwetting is treatable. Once you identify the cause of bedwetting there are several treatment options you can try—one of them being bedwetting alarms.

A study has revealed that children who use bedwetting alarms like the Chummie bedwetting alarm are many times more likeley to overcome primary nocturnal enuresis as those who don’t. It is generally believed by health professionals in some countries that all children 8 years and older who continue to wet the bed be given a trials of bedwetting alarms.

Bedwetting alarms are designed to teach children to respond to a full bladder by waking them up and using the toilet. Broadly, bedwetting alarms can be categorized into body worn and bed side alarms. These alarms have some differences in functionality. However, both type of alarm use moisture sensitive sensor to trigger the alarm.

Most modern day alarms have sounds and vibrations. However, they might differ in terms of tones they offer or the volume level. It’s advisable to buy an alarm with multiple tones such as Chummie Premium to avoid auditory accommodation, which means to avoid becoming accustomed to one tone.

When bedwetting occur the alarm beeps and vibrates to wake up the bedwetting child. The alarm helps to condition the child’s brain to register the bladder’s need to empty itself by urinating. This conditioning of the mind and body is also known as behavior modification.

Most children begin to respond to a bedwetting alarm quickly, and stop bedwetting in few weeks. The biggest advantage of a bedwetting alarm is it doesn’t have any side effects as the medicines. Medicines do not cure bedwetting permanently. They can only treat the symptoms and a child can experience a relapse once medicine is stopped. As compared to medicines bedwetting alarms have a much lower relapse rate.

With positive reinforcement and parental assistance, the treatment with bedwetting alarms can progress faster and child can be dry sooner!

 

 

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