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Bedwetting alarms - recommendations? May 8, 2017 (8 responses below)
Wetting Pants - Age 9 Sep 26, 2016 (2 responses below)
  • Bedwetting alarms - recommendations?

    (8 replies)

    My 6-year old son still wears pull-ups at night, but is motivated to stop bedwetting.  Our doctor recommended trying a bedwetting alarm.  Has anyone successfully used one, and, if so, what brand do you recommend? (I know  this question appears in the archives, but most of the responses are quite old).

    We used the SleepDry Alarm for my son, who was still wetting the bed at night at almost 10yrs old.  It worked the first night we used it!!  He still would occasionally have an accident, but the issue resolved 90% of the time.  

    Dear bedwetter Mom,

    I don't have advice but wanted to share my story. My son also was a bedwetter all the way to age 7 or 8. We didn't try anything except for buying high quality mattress protectors and avoiding fluids after 6pm. But truly we were so busy raising kids, working, and remodeling our house that the bedwetting was always a 'surprise' with me having to get up and change sheets and dry my son in the middle of the night. He was so mortified that is was not possible to do anything but work fast to get him in bed again nice and dry. The good news is that it eventually stopped.  Very likely your son will soon stop. The alarm might work so that he empties his bladder before it happens. Much luck.

    My stepson was a frequent bedwetter at that age, and would even occasionally wet the bed up to age 12. Our pediatrician at the time gave us a pamphlet from the National Kidney Foundation that was really helpful - they now have it online: https://www.kidney.org/patients/bw and there is a section for kids.  At this site there is also info on what to look for in a moisture alarm and how to use one. My stepson was such a sound sleeper that alarms didn't work, and it was really difficult to get him up at night to pee. In any case, one of the big take-aways from this info is that bed wetting is not the kid's fault and that there can be physical reasons why they are doing it (smaller bladder or they produce more urine at night than most kids), and it can run in families. Our pediatrician gave my stepson bladder stretching exercises. 

  • Wetting Pants - Age 9

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    My son is 9 years old and he has wet his pants during the day on and off for years. Sometimes it doesn’t happen for weeks and then it happens 2-3 times/week. I can’t connect it with anything in his diet or environment. 

    A few years ago, we met a few times with Angelique Champeau at Children’s, but her go-to theory (for many kids like this) is that he is constipated. It’s difficult to believe that this is still the issue 3 years later. I have a sense it’s a sensory issue but doing OT hasn’t addressed it. He gets plenty of fiber and has Miralax several times a week to keep things going, but I would like to get at the root of what is happening.

    I am looking for other parents who have gone through this and to learn what has worked for them. Thank you!

    RE: Wetting Pants - Age 9 ()


    My son went through bed wetting like yours, although he was 7 at the time. We went to see many therapists but the thing worked for us is the method by Enuresis Center. They provided a sensor for him to wear at night, on his underwear. He wore an alarm on his wrist. There was also a water drinking requirement so that he would feel the fullness of his bladder. When the alarm sounded, I have to wake him and get him to go as quickly as I can. They also provided weekly log and checking, plus the reward system for him. It took several months and he finally was cured. He is 25 now and no problem ever since.


    RE: Wetting Pants - Age 9 ()

    Can you talk to his teacher and make an arrangement for him to go to the bathroom and try to urinate hourly? My 8 yo son wets the bed weekly, although doesn't wet his pants during the day. I agree with your sense that this is probably not a medical issue per se (but I am not a doctor). Or does it only happen at home? - which would be another clue that it is not related to medical problems. I would also have him help you do the laundry with his wet clothes; not in a punitive way but to take responsibility for the accident. Ask him if he would prefer to wear pullups during the day - I mean, maybe he *would*, and it wouldn't hurt anything to take the pressure off for a while. Good luck, sounds like a very frustrating situation for all concerned.

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