A bedwetting alarm is a great option to treat children who are wetting the bed at night. Using a good bedwetting alarm reduces bedwetting in majority of children during treatment, and most of the children remain dry after they stop using the bedwetting alarm. Bedwetting alarms can be categorized into wearable and bed side alarms. The basic concept of bedwetting alarms is same a moisture sensitive sensor attached to the underwear detects urine and triggers the alarm to wake up a sleeping child.
Wearable Bedwetting Alarms
There are two types of wearable alarms—wired and wireless.
Wired alarms comprise of a body-worn moisture sensitive sensor that is connected to an audio-vibratory alarm unit through a wire to the child’s underwear. The wire usually runs through the child’s pajama top. The alarm is clipped to the pajama or t-shirt top or some alarms like Chummie Premium and Chummie Elite can be worn in an armband.
When a bedwetting event occurs the sensor triggers the alarm which beeps loudly to wake up your child to finish urinating in the toilet. Most modern day bedwetting alarms have features such as loud sounds, multiple tones and vibrations. More advanced alarms also offer lights to alert your child and provide enhanced visibility and a discreet vibrate mode for special occasions such as sleepovers.
The alarm is loud enough to awaken the child and a parent, who can lead to the child to the bathroom and make sure he changes his underwear before going back to sleep.
Wireless is the second type of body worn alarm. These alarms don’t use external sensor such as clip sensors or silicon sensor like the IntelliFlex sensor that comes with Chummie Premium and Elite. Instead, wireless bed wetting alarms use a micro-wire, which is built into machine-washable underwear, and a tiny transmitter that connects to the pants. Since the alarm doesn’t vibrate, only sound and/or lights alert the wearer when bed wetting occurs.
Bed Side Alarms mostly comprise of bell and pad type of bedwetting alarms. This type of an alarm is a good alternative for anyone who doesn’t want the alarm unit to be connected to the wearer. A bed wetting child or adult using this type of an alarm sleeps on a moisture sensitive mat or pad that is placed under the top sheet, and is connected to the alarm unit sitting on the bed side. These bed wetting alarms offer greatest comfort and convenience. The Chummie Pro is an excellent example of a bed side alarm.
Remember that both types of bedwetting alarms require time to work. They are a highly effective bedwetting treatment when children and parents are willing to make the commitment to using them consistently.
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