How Bedwetting Alarms Work

Bedwetting alarms have been shown to be very effective in treating primary nocturnal enuresis (urinary incontinence) and a majority of children stop wetting the bed after using bedwetting alarms for 10-15 weeks. An enuresis alarm often called a bedwetting alarm is an electronic device that is used as a treatment option for overcoming bedwetting.

There are two types of bedwetting alarms: buzzing and audio alarms. The principle is that a special moisture sensor placed on the child’s underwear/pajama or bed-pad triggers a buzzer or bell to go off at the start of urination. A wire runs from the sensor to an audible alarm, which is attached to the shoulder of a toddler’s underwear. When the sensor detects urine, it triggers an alarm. The child then awakens, shuts off the alarm, goes to the toilet, empties his or her urinary bladder, returns to the bedroom, wipes down the sensor, resets the alarm, and returns to sleep.

Wireless bedwetting alarms are also available that vibrate when they sense moisture. Wireless bedwetting alarms are suited to the needs of those children who don’t want to wear a sensor unit directly inside the underwear. A wireless bedwetting alarm does not make use of a separate sensor, instead a micro-wire that is built into the machine washable underwear and a tiny transmitter which connects to the outside of the pants. Because unit is wireless and silent, only the wearer is aware when the alarm goes off. This may be an issue especially if parents need to be alerted about a bedwetting event.
Several different varieties and brands of bedwetting alarms are available on the market with significant differences among models.

 

 

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