The purpose of an enuresis (bedwetting) alarm is to teach a child to respond to a full bladder while asleep. The alarm is a small battery-operated device worn on the body that goes off when a child starts to pass urine. The goal of an alarm is to teach your child to:
- Recognize when it’s time to pass urine
- Wake to go to the bathroom or hold on
- Learn over time to hold on or spontaneously wake up to go to the bathroom, and eventually stop wetting the bed
Alarm therapy can be a highly effective option and is often the first type of treatment tried. However, it may not be suitable for all children and their families. It’s important to understand how they work and the level of commitment involved in using them.
Before purchasing an alarm, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor to discuss if it’s an appropriate option, what other options exist, and to learn how to use it properly.