The bedwetting alarm method is the most effective means against bedwetting, but how does the bedwetting alarm method actually work? In this article we tell you everything you need to know …
What “bedwetting” actually is
More than 16% of children around the age of 7 suffer from bedwetting. Usually this is because the child’s body is not yet fully developed. A large proportion of children who suffer from bedwetting have a bladder with a lower than average capacity. As a result, the bladder fills up faster than it normally would. This is not a problem by itself, but it does increase the risk of accidents during a period when you are still getting to know your own body.
This brings us directly to the next major cause of bedwetting. When the bladder reaches its maximum capacity during the night, it begins to send signals to the brain. These signals are transmitted through the central nervous system. In many children who wet their bed, the brain receives the signal from the bladder, but nothing is done with the signal. The brain does not give these signals sufficient priority and does not bring the child out of his or her sleep.
Gradually the bladder becomes fuller and fuller until it can no longer cope with the pressure. As a defense mechanism, the body deflates the bladder, causing an accident! Very unpleasant, but fortunately the bedwetting alarm method has been developed to help in this situation.
How does the bedwetting alarm method work?
The purpose of the bedwetting alarm method is to teach the child to recognize the signals of a full bladder. When your child goes to bed, he or she will wear special Dryly® pants. A small transmitter is attached to the pants with two snaps. Through small invisible wires in the underwear the transmitter track whether it becomes damp. As soon as your child starts wetting the bed, the transmitter detects this and immediately sends a message to the receiver that is hiding in Wizzu. The receiver generates an alarm sound and wakes the child!
Because your child wakes up when the bladder is at its maximum capacity, he or she learns to recognize the sensation of a full bladder. By applying the bedwetting alarm method over a longer period of time, it trains your child to increasingly recognize the sensation of a full bladder.
You could say that the bedwetting alarm method accelerates the maturation process of these organs.
When do you use the bedwetting alarm method?
In the Netherlands bedwetting is seen as a problem when your child is 6 years or older. Some parents to make sure their child is potty-trained a year earlier than that. As long as your child does not experience negative pressure, it is not a problem to work together.
We recommend that you choose a quiet period where you’re sure you won’t have any ‘exciting’ activities for a couple of weeks that could upset your child. Examples of what might be moving, starting in a new class or taking up a new sport.
Our panda bear Wizzu is always looking for new friends. It often helps to buy our bedwetting alarm package a few days early so your child can get used to the idea. The soft fur of the supplied panda bear will provide a smile and ensure that you are off to a good start.