People who claim that bedwetting problems are easy to solve, or are just a phase, generally do not take the problem serious enough. Of course it could be that the bedwetting stops by itself or that your child is currently in a difficult phase due to exciting/stressful events. Things like a divorce, the death of a grandfather or grandmother or tensions in a classroom can have a tremendous influence.
Stopping bedwetting is done in several steps. It is important that you and your child identify these steps and celebrate each achieved phase.
Step 1. Properly understand the bedwetting alarm and follow the bedtime ritual consistently
The bedtime ritual is based on the “peeing, resting and peeing” principle. In the first hour of rest your body produces the most urine. So when you pee before bed; 20 minutes of reading and then pee again, you’ve lost a large part of the urine your body produced. During this first step, it is also important that your child knows how the bedwetting alarm works and what sound the alarm produces when they accidentally pee.
Before you go to sleep, you let the child hear the sound in the app and say together aloud: “if I hear this sound tonight, I will wake up”. You can repeat this several times. When your child takes this first step by themselves, it is worth a reward! Maybe your child can decide what to eat for dinner or choose the dessert.
Step 2. Waking up from the alarm with bedwetting problems
It is quite normal that your child does not wake up from the alarm at first, he or she needs to be trained into doing so. If your child has bedwetting problems and does pee at night, but he or she has woken up from the alarm themselves, this is certainly worth a reward. I wouldn’t be too quick to resort to means such as vibrating cushions, because it’s really important that your child learns to wake up from the alarm.
You should not be worried if your child does not wake up at first to the sound of the bedwetting alarm. The bedwetting alarm method is really a training method. With Dryly®, you as a parent also get a message when your child pees. Meaning you can go to him/her and lovingly wake them up. You will see that your child wakes up by themselves after a while. Another benefit of the real-time connection between the sensor and the app is that you can clearly see the progress in the app and share it with your doctor or urotherapist.
Step 3. Going to the bathroom at night by themselves with bedwetting problems
The moment your child wakes up and goes to the toilet themselves, it is now truly time for celebration. That is the moment that the training really starts to kick in. It does not have to be that it is completely dry by then, but that your child feels that the bladder is full and needs to go to the toilet. This means that the brain recognizes the signal of a full bladder. And this is why we do it!
Step 4. Completely dry
No alarm will go off and your child will wake up in a dry bed at night. That is absolutely awesome! Keep this up for another 14 days before you stop using the bedwetting alarm. It is really important to keep this up. Otherwise, you increase the likelihood of a setback in terms of bedwetting problems. When your child is completely dry, you can reward him/her for that in a big way. Bake cupcakes or a nice cake together.