How does a bedwetting alarm work, exactly?

A health-care provider or acquaintance will tell you about the bedwetting alarm and then… You realise you do not know that much about it. This blog will tell you everything you need to know. Research has shown that the bedwetting alarm method is the safest and most effective way to get rid of bedwetting in the long term. The method has worked according to the same principle for more than 80 years and has become easier and easier to use.

How does a bedwetting alarm work?

The bedwetting alarm underwear has a small moisture sensor on it that detects even the smallest amount of urine. If the child starts to pee, the sensor will sense this at the first drops of urine. This immediately triggers the sensor to send a signal to the alarm, which wakes the child with sound.

By waking up, your child gets the chance to stop peeing. It is important that your child goes to the toilet immediately after waking up to finish peeing. This helps to condition the child to wake up and go to the toilet when the bladder reaches full capacity.

It is extremely important that you, the parent, stay involved and personally walk your child to the toilet to help your child get used to the process. In the long run it will save you a lot of laundry!

When do you use a bedwetting alarm?

If you are reading this you probably already meet the main criteria! If a child is not toilet-trained from the age of 5 and wets the bed several times a week, it is a good idea to investigate the possibilities.

It is of course important to first go to the doctor to rule out any physical problems. However, research shows that bedwetting has no physical cause in 98% of children.

Who is the bedwetting alarm for?

The bedwetting alarm is suitable for children 5 years and up, but it can also be used by adults. It is especially important that both the parent and the child are motivated to tackle the bed wetting problem. As a parent you will have to be ready to support your child at night. Your child needs to put in an effort as well.

Bedwetting and deep sleep

Bedwetting children are often deep sleepers and it is therefore difficult for them to wake up. If this is also the case with your child, the alarm may not wake them up the first few times. It will be up to you to wake your child so that they get used to it. After one to four weeks you will notice that your child sleeps less deep and that they wake up more easily.

How fast will I see a result from using the bedwetting alarm?

Every child who wets the bed is different and that is reflected in the time it takes to see results. One child immediately gets used to it and quickly stops wetting the bed, while the other child needs more time because they have a more deep-seated problem.

According to research [1], it takes an average of 52 days before a child is able to stay dry for 4 consecutive weeks. One child may be dry after 3 weeks while the other takes 4 months to get there.

What does science tell us about the successfulness of bedwetting alarms?

The University of Alberta conducted a study into the effectiveness of the bedwetting alarm. The results of this study shows that 66% of the children participating in the study were dry for at least 14 consecutive nights after 10 to 20 weeks. The control group showed an improvement of 4%.

Another study [2] conducted in collaboration with TNO in Leiden shows that 85.5% of the children managed to stay dry for 4 weeks immediately after the bedwetting alarm treatment. After 2 years, 76.7% were able to stay dry for that same time period.

An interesting observation [3] shows that of the children that were able to keep dry, 15.2% woke up to pee every night compared to 3.9% of the children who wet the bed. 51.5% of dry children sometimes woke up to pee compared to 27.5% of bedwetting children.

What is the best bedwetting alarm?

There are many different bedwetting alarms and they vary in price and quality. Although all bedwetting alarms aim to achieve the same, there are enormous differences regarding their functionality and modernity.

We have made a comparative overview based on the features of the best-selling bedwetting alarms, which can be found here.