Are you looking for a knowledgeable source to answer your questions? Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness is packed with answers to common questions parents have about their child's wetting. Current medical research coupled with practical experience gained over the past 25 years working with children has been combined to provide readers with useful information that can help children achieve dryness.
An entire section is devoted to common questions and answers such as:
Q: Everyone tells me just to wait, that my son will “grow out of it.” How do
we know when to do something?
A: If your child is older than 6, is wetting every night, has a family history
of wetting and expresses an interest in becoming dry, he is a good candidate
for an alarm.
Q: Recently, we have been waking our son up every two to three hours to
go to the bathroom. It’s getting old fast because none of us are getting
any sleep. Do you have any suggestions?
A: What you are describing is very fatiguing for you. Picking an arbitrary time
to wake him may keep him dry some nights but may be too late on other
nights. Using a bedwetting alarm to pinpoint exactly when his bladder
needs to empty is more effective and less tiring. Some nights, he may
only need to urinate once and some nights more than that. The moisture
sensor will only alert him and you when he actually needs to urinate.
Q: I was told that the bedwetting alarm wakes the whole house, but not the
A: This is probably the most misunderstood part of alarm usage. In fact, a
child who is difficult to awaken is probably an excellent candidate for
an alarm. The person who told you this most likely doesn’t understand
how alarms work.
Q: How successful are bedwetting alarms?
A: Numerous studies have been done over the past 10 to 15 years to measure
the effectiveness of moisture-sensing alarms. Results vary, but report
70 to 80 percent success with a low relapse rate.
Q: My child can sleep through anything, even his alarm clock. Will my child
hear the alarm?
A: Bedwetting alarms are not likely to awaken a bedwetting child initially.
Children initially need assistance in awakening to the alarm. This is
why it is so important to have an audible alarm to alert someone else in
the household to assist your child. Achieving nighttime dryness is a
GRADUAL learning process that requires parental participation.
Q: Why do children wet when they stop DDAVP?
A: The action of DDAVP is to decrease the quantity of urine produced that
night. When the medication is stopped, the body resumes making a
larger quantity of more dilute urine. If the bladder has grown to accommodate
more urine or your child has learned to wake to messages from
the bladder, he may have continued success in staying dry. In most
cases, however, the wetting resumes when the medication is stopped.
Q: I wake my child and take him to the bathroom before I go to bed.
Should I continue to do this when we use the alarm?
A: No, let the alarm do the waking for you. That way, your child will learn
to associate a full bladder with going to the toilet.