By: Theresa Cahill and Jeff G
Too many people know the frustration of waking to find that a child has wet the bed. Most instances are isolated, in that it was only a random accident. Unfortunately, for untold thousands of families, this is actually a nightly occurrence. Thankfully, there is help in the form of a bedwetting alarm.
It is important to note that children who wet the bed do not do so on purpose; as a matter of fact, they are probably as perplexed, annoyed, and tired of having nightly episodes as you are. There are several reasons why this could be happening to your child, but regardless of the cause, the nighttime urination can be curbed with a bedwetting alarm.
For some reason, most kids who are chronic bedwetters do not receive the brain signal from the bladder that causes most everyone else to waken and head to the bathroom. So a bedwetting alarm that is attached in two places-a sensor near the point of urination and a speaker attached near the shoulder-causes the brain to receive the missed signal.
In most cases of bedwetting, the child simply sleeps right through the episode, but other people in the house can also hear the alarm, waking them up. Then the parent has the task of awakening the child and telling him or her to go to the toilet. After time, the alarm will eventually wake the child directly. So a bedwetting alarm works as a conditioning tool to reprogram the brain to receive the signals that the bladder needs to be emptied.
Obviously, the fact that these children don’t wake up, like most people do when their bladders have reached maximum capacity, is the real problem. Actually, full bladders during sleep hours are not exactly normal, anyway.
There are several reasons why a bladder becomes engorged in the nighttime hours. Drinking too much, or anything at all, right before bedtime is a sure way to encourage the bedwetting. So, too, is the consumption of caffeine. It acts like a water pill, encouraging excess fluids in the body to move into the bladder. The diuretic effects exacerbate bedwetting issues.
So, whether the child drinks too much, has caffeine in the diet, or is simply not receiving signals to the brain that say “I’m asleep, so stop filling my bladder,” the bedwetting alarm will condition a child to recognize the need to awaken if and when the bladder needs to be purged. This has helped thousands of families leave the embarrassment and frustration of chronic bedwetting behind.