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

by Guest Contributor

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.



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1 Chuck December 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

Had to use something like this years ago on a couple of children, it really helped.

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2 Anne December 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

A helpful idea for my son.

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3 Valerie Godin December 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

It would be great for our 3 year old

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4 Jennifer C December 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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!

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5 Jodi December 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm

This would help my son! We would live to fin a solution to his night wetting.

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6 Sarah December 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Great idea, this will help my 3 years daughter to keep dry at night.

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7 Jenny December 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm

This would be great for my son – keep him dry at night.

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8 Hallie December 31, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I would love this for my daughter! We are still working on waking up dry!

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9 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman January 1, 2013 at 2:59 am

Solutions would be good! We need it over here too.

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10 Daiva January 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

It would help my son wake up dry in the morning

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11 Lori D. January 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I can remember those days of getting them to the bathroom in time.

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12 Stephanie January 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

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.

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13 Bree January 1, 2013 at 11:05 pm

My son could really use this to help to help him be nightime trained!

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14 ANGEL JACKLYN January 2, 2013 at 7:54 am

I’M HOPING TO HAVE THIS ON HAND SHOULD IT BECOME A PROBLEM IN A COUPLE YEARS =)

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15 Van January 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

These are very good have when your child is having a problem waking up enough to make it to the bathroom.

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16 Debbie Lewis January 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm

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

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17 Mary January 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

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.

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18 Marianne January 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

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.

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19 Angela E. January 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

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.

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20 Shannon Baas January 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

help my nephew.

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21 Terry January 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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.

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22 Jennifer H January 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

My seven year old son still wants the bed. Hope this would help him
jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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23 Tamar January 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm

hopefully to avoid bedwetting issues with my kids

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24 Kelly Falcone January 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

We are starting potty training in 2 weeks, so this would be great!

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25 Kerri (TheMaven) January 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm

my son has autism, and potty training in general has been really tough – this would make such a difference in night time training with him – what an interesting concept!

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26 Kerrie Mayans January 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

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.

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27 Andrea Liss January 5, 2013 at 12:05 am

I think it would provide comfort and security

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28 Elizabeth January 5, 2013 at 1:31 am

My child could really use this. I feel bad for him.

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29 Deborah January 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

Would help out with training.

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30 Don January 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Sounds like a good product to try.

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31 Marianne S. January 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

My 7yr old still has several accidents a week. This would help him become more aware and hopefully end the bed wetting.

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32 cassandra mccann January 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

it would greatly help not only the younger of my family but the older as well

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33 Marci Cornelius January 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm

It would help keep track of accidents and be more alerted

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34 Stephanie Larison January 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm

It would help my daughter with her bed wetting problem at night.

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35 Ashley Hatten January 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

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!

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36 June January 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

This really sounds like a great idea for when they just sleep too soundly during the night.

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37 WinItMama January 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

This would definitely help my family — I’m currently potty training my son but he has an accident occasionally.

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38 jane January 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm

My 10 year old wets…..

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39 Maria Kiguthi January 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Not as many sheets will need to be washed (I hope).

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40 Heather S. January 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

This would help my son stay dry at night.

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41 christine jessamine January 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm

this would help our family by making things less stressfull for potty training our daughter

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42 Samantha Waters January 8, 2013 at 5:42 am

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!

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43 Emily Rangel January 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm

It would probably help my 3 year old

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44 Britt B January 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

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!!

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45 Jamie Ann January 9, 2013 at 1:37 am

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

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46 Heather! January 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

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

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47 Garrett January 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

I have a friend that this would be perfect for. Their daughter has a problem with bed wetting.

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48 ADB77 January 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

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

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49 Saver Sara January 9, 2013 at 11:59 am

This would help my son!

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50 Jen January 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm

we are potty training and this would help for the night time aspect

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51 Laurie B January 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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.

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52 sarah t January 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

this would keep me from changing my son’s sheets every morning

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53 coni guerin January 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

this would be a great help to my son…and to me! changing sheets every morning gets tiresome. :)

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54 Alex Fisher January 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Our almost 3 year old is just about potty trained but has accidents every once in awhile

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55 Naomie January 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

this would be helpful for my 6 six year old, I don’t know what to try anymore.

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56 Charlene S January 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

It would help so that we can stop buying night time diapers.

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57 Staci A January 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm

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.

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58 nichol tone January 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

My daughter needs this desperatly

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59 Sherrie C. January 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm

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

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60 michelle gilliland mcafee January 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

my son still wets the bed and I’m tire of washing bedding so this would help alot.

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61 Francie January 11, 2013 at 12:25 am

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

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62 sherri January 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

This would help me wash less sheets!

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63 Jessica Eaton Ledford January 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

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

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64 letessha January 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

It would help us a lot because the kids are sick of the youngest wetting the bed and so is she.

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65 barb hunt January 12, 2013 at 1:52 am

I have custody of my 3 year old grandson and we’re working on nighttime training right now, so this would help a lot. Thanks for the great contest.
bahjeep@aol.com

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66 Tiffany Blair January 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

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.

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67 Karen Gonyea January 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

My son still struggles with wetting the bed, this would be very helpful for him :)

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68 kathy pease January 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

id love this for a friends child who has a problem with bed wetting

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69 Valerie Taylor Mabrey January 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

My little grandson has been struggling with bed wetting
vmkids3 at msn dot com

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70 Shannon Barnes January 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm

We are about to start potty training.

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71 michelle jonassen January 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

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.

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72 Shirley Hicks January 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm

id give it to my daughter for her son..who has bedwetting isssues

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73 mike b January 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

It would help my daughter wake up dry in the morning.

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74 sarah keel January 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

fixing to start potty training and i think that this would be a great asset

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75 melissa t January 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

This would help my son

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76 Jennifer January 13, 2013 at 11:06 am

I am about to start my son with potty training and this would be great to have for him!

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77 Kyle Banderman January 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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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78 susan smoaks January 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm

i think this could help us with potty training and bed wetting

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79 Gianna January 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

It would help my twins potty train better.

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80 AEKZ2 January 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

This would help my son wake up when he needs to go to the bathroom. He’s such a heavy sleeper!

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81 amy deeter January 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm

this would help my almost 3 year old

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82 Penny Minding Mom January 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

It would helps transition from pull ups to none.

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