Chummie Bedwetting Alarm and Deep Sleepers

What if the Chummie alarm does not wake my deep sleeper child?

  • Increase the volume.
  • Change the tone selection. Some children become accustomed to one tone and sleep through it. Chummie was designed with eight different tone options to help overcome this.
  • Add the vibration option – It’s often effective with children who did not wake to the sounds.

If your child is an extremely deep sleeper and still manages to sleep through the alarm after you have followed the above instructions, he or she may need your help in the beginning:

  • When the alarm goes off, quickly go into your child’s room.
  • If the child is awake, remind them to get up and finish in the bathroom.
  • If the child is still awake, turn on the light and say their name.
  • If they still do not wake, you can rub their arm or wipe their face with a damp cloth. Do whatever it takes to wake them.

Do not turn the alarm off. Make your child wake and turn the alarm off themselves.

What else can I do to help my deep sleeper child wake to the alarm?

If your child is not waking to the alarm on his/her own, you can try something called “priming” the brain. Priming basically means helping your brain to remember to do something in the future. To help prime your child’s brain for waking to the alarm, practice the waking routine before going to bed. (You may have done practice runs like this before you used the alarm the first night).

1) Tell your child you are going to practice so their brain knows what to do when the alarm goes off during the night.
2) Have your child get into their bed and pretend to be asleep.
3) Drip a bit of water on the sensor to make the alarm go off. (The sensor does not have to be inside the underwear during these practice sessions).
4) Have the child pretend to wake up right away and walk to the bathroom to turn off the alarm and finish urinating.

Do this a few times each night before the child sleeps until they begin to wake on their own. Doing this practice before going to sleep will prime (help) the child’s brain learn the connection between the alarm going off and waking to go to the bathroom, so the child will wake when it goes off during the night.

Remember to maintain a supportive and positive attitude so that your child believes he/she can be successful.

What if we tried priming, but my deep sleeper child still isn’t waking on his/her own?

Your situation is rare, but we are still confident that your child can be successful with Chummie. Let’s try some extra practice that will strengthen the child’s brain’s connection between the alarm and needing to urinate. We will use priming again, but this time, we will do a DELUXE priming activity – while the child really DOES have to urinate (rather than just pretending).

1) Tell your child that you are going to work on teaching their brain that the alarm going off means ‘go to the bathroom.’
2) Have your child drink lots of liquids. (This may sound strange, but we WANT your child to urinate so that you can get lots of practice responding to the alarm).
3) Have your child tell you when they need to urinate.
4) When your child says they need to urinate, immediately go with your child to the bedroom and have them put on the alarm unit (with the sensor cord hanging off of it), and lie down on the bed and pretend to be asleep.
5) Once your child is relaxed and pretending to be asleep, drip some water on the sensor to make the alarm go off.
6) Your child should get up right away and RUSH to the bathroom as quickly as possible. (Rushing helps to establish the need for urgency in responding to the alarm). Have them say “I need to use the toilet (or go pee, or whatever…), but I can hold it.” Have them to urinate. After urinating, the child can shut off the alarm and return to bed. Practice steps 5 & 6 up to five more times over a week. (the more the better, or until your child tells you he/she can’t keep holding it anymore, and you let them urinate for real.)

Practicing this routine while the child really does need to urinate helps to establish the connection between the alarm and needing to urinate.

We tried the priming and the deluxe priming, but my child still isn’t waking on his/her own.

Note: It is very unusual to still have trouble after completing the priming activity. Try this:

  • Repeat the deluxe priming activity 10 times over a period of 2 weeks.
  • If your child is still not waking on their own to the alarm (extremely rare) discontinue alarm treatment. Wait a few months (this will allow the brain to mature some more) and then try again.

We have been using Chummie for three months and no progress.

  • Check that the unit is functioning: First, check the sensor under a small amount of water to see if it responds. If the sensor cord is connected properly to the alarm unit, and the sensor does not respond to some water, try changing the batteries.
  • Check the settings: If your child has been sleeping through the alarm, verify that you have tried the loudest volume.
  • If Chummie seems to be functioning normally, your child may be in the 2% of bedwetter’s who have the type of bedwetting called ‘secondary bedwetting.’ Bedwetting alarms are not usually effective with this type. This type of bedwetting may be a sign of an underlying physical or emotional problem. Please consult with your doctor.