5 Steps to Help Your Child Stop Wetting the Bed (Giveaway)

My son has been struggling with bed wetting and staying dry for two years now.

Seeing him start off his morning disappointed because of the previous night’s activities is upsetting, and having to restrict dairy and juice after lunchtime has become more of a battle than it needs to be. Night time diapers are a bit pricey and not always affordable and the older your kids get, there is not really a solution for helping with those bed wetting issues.

We were recently introduced to the Dry Me Alarm, a product that is clinically proven to cure most bedwetting children in 8-12 weeks without the need for medication. Parents have to get up in the night when the alarm goes off to make sure their child does too.

Clinical studies show that the Dry Me Alarm has resulted in 70-80 percent of children being dry one year after using it for at least 3-6 months.

What Causes a Child to Wet the Bed

Factors like deep sleep, high urine production during sleep, food sensitivities, constipation, and even stress or anxiety can affect how well your child stays dry during the night. Special needs can also add some additional obstacles in nighttime training, which is an added challenge we’re working with, but both typical children and special needs children can be affected equally.

5 Steps to Help Your Child Stop Wetting the Bed

Understand Your Goal
This can be especially important when considering a special needs child. Sensory issues may not be conducive to using a wearable alarm. Never fear, there are other types of non-wearable alarms – think wireless or pad type. Set reasonable expectations. Though considering curative, bedwetting alarms do not solve things overnight. Prepare your child (and yourself) before even getting started, so everyone knows what to expect.

Double Voiding Before Bedtime
Have your child use the toilet before starting his usual bedtime routine, and again before the lights go out, even if he doesn’t feel like he has to go.

Responding to the Alarm
Parental response is critical, especially in the beginning. Your child will most likely need help waking up and may not even hear the alarm. Don’t turn it off until his feet are on the floor, and if necessary, go to the bathroom with him to help with jammies and cleanup.

Tracking Progress
Mercer includes handy Weekly Progress Charts in the back of Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness. Columns to note the date and things like nighttime cooperation, whether or not nights were dry, and spaces for jotting down contributing factors and other comments can really help when looking at the big picture.

Create an Incentive System
Little kids love seeing stickers on a chart, and it can really motivate them to be involved in the process on a daily basis. Older kids and teenagers may prefer to work toward a mutually agreed upon reward every week or two. And, while bedwetting is out of a child’s control initially, his level of cooperation and effort is not. That being said, learning a new skill can take a long time, which can seem like eons for younger kids. Having a reward system in place reminds kids that their hard work is appreciated and acknowledged, and keeping charts on display in a child’s room or their bathroom can reinforce this.

 

How to Use the Alarm

When you first start using an alarm, let your child “test” it with you, so they know what to expect. Our son helped open up the packaging, and dipped the sensor in a glass of water so we could all hear what kinds of sounds we could expect to hear in the night.

A common myth is that the alarm will wake the entire house, an obvious problem when considering a good night’s sleep for siblings. Most alarms are 80 to 90 decibels, measured from the position of your child’s shoulder. It’s loud, but not outrageously loud. Our son did fidget with his alarm quite a bit, just because he is not fond of anything on his clothing, but most children won’t mind.

We haven’t had the alarm long enough to share long-term results, but already, we’ve had an entire week of waking up dry. That’s pretty huge and has give my son a huge confidence boost. The alarm does scare him — it seems really loud when the rest of the house is so quiet — and my husband and I have really had to hustle to get the whole bathroom-going coordinated, but it’s been worth it considering his progress so far.

Buy it
The Bedwetting Store offers an unparalleled collection of bedwetting supplies, including waterproof bedding, vibrating watches and the Dry-Me Alarm and Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness book covered here. Parents can also find valuable information on treating nighttime and daytime wetting.

Enter to Win

One winner will receive (1) Dry-Me Bedwetting Alarm and (1) Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness book by Renee Mercer, CPNP. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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I thank Renee Mercer and the Bedwetting Store for sponsoring this post, and for sharing tools with me that can lead to a permanent solution for nocturnal enuresis with the proper parental guidance and supports in place. Written by Pilar Clark.


Comments

  1. Jennifer C says

    This product would save our family so much money! Our 5yo son has bee n in nightime diapers of some sort for 3yrs now, while daytime potty trained. He hates wetting his bed and gets very upset. This wouldhelp him gain indeoendence – and confidence when sleeping at a friend’s!

  2. Stephanie says

    My niece could definitely use this! She actually needs one due to a medical condition but it was going to cost an arm and a leg to get one. This would be so wonderful to win for my sister.

  3. Debbie Lewis says

    This would be so nice for my grandson. He is wetting the bed and this is really making him feel bad about himself.

  4. says

    Thanks for the informative article. My son is a little too young and is still in diapers, but I’ll take all this information because I’m sure it will come in handy when he is bigger.

  5. says

    My 5.5. year old is still not dry at night. She gets very frustrated. We’ve tried a few different methods with minimal success, but eventually just end up using goodnites. I’d love to find a solution for her so she feels better about herself. She’s really quite embarrassed and doesn’t let me buy her goodnites in the store encase one of her classmates or friends see her.

  6. Angela E. says

    From what I remember, these use to have a lot more attachments then this. Much more easier to use now from the looks of it.

  7. Terry says

    My 7 yr old still has wet nights and he is hoping somehow this will end. He is so tired of waking up wet. What a great tool to win for him.
    Thank you for offering this as a giveaway.

  8. Kerrie Mayans says

    This might be just the thing to help my four year old potty train at night. Other than waking her up twice a night, nothing has been too successful.

  9. Ashley Hatten says

    my son is 100% potty trained…except for at night…he just stopped wearing pull ups to bed simply bc they are soooo expensive..this would be helpful! thanks!

  10. Samantha Waters says

    My 5 year old step daughter needs something like this! It would make things less stressful for everyone in the family during our morning schedule. Potty training hasn’t been very successful for many reasons and I believe this would help!

  11. Britt B says

    This would really be helpful for my 9year old… He is an extremely heavy sleeper and this might solve our nighttime issues! THANK you so much for this opportunity!!

  12. Jamie Ann says

    My daughter is 5 and has to wear night time underwear and is too ebarrassed to stay the night any where I would love to help her not wet the bed at night any more

  13. Heather! says

    It would be great to have fewer accidents, which would also mean less laundry and a better night’s sleep for the whole family! Most importantly, though, would be the improvement to self-esteem.

    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  14. ADB77 says

    my 7 yr old son is in desparate need of help. hoping to give this a try. there are so many on the market it’s hard to choose and so expensive

  15. Laurie B says

    This would really help my younger cousin out. He is in his pre teens and has bladder issues at night still. This would help him and help build some self esteem when he wakes up dry.

  16. says

    We’ll be potty training soon, and if it’s like the last time around, nights may be a struggle. My boys are heavy sleepers and don’t always wake up when they need to go.

  17. Sherrie C. says

    My 3 year old granddaughter just made the transition from overnight diapers to underwear last month and so far she’s had several accidents at night. She is a deep sleeper and needs some sort of help waking up to use the bathroom. I think this product would be perfect!

    callawishes(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. Francie says

    Would love for my son to be able to go to bed without a sleep diaper. This product seems like the perfect solution.

  19. Jessica Eaton Ledford says

    My 6 year old still wets the bed and gets really frustrated about it. I’d love to try this for her!

  20. Tiffany Blair says

    My son has been potty trained for over two years but still struggles to stay dry when he is asleep. Now that he is getting older, I want to help him. Thanks for the chance.

  21. michelle jonassen says

    My 8year old daughter still has wetting issues during sleep. This is very hard on her. She has to wear a pull up to bed and does not want to go to friends houses because of this. This would be a huge help for our family.

  22. Kyle Banderman says

    My daughter just can’t get over the wetting overnight……this product would help her in getting over the hump and make her feel good plus save us money from buying PullUps!

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