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Bedwetting alarms [Aug. 23rd, 2012|07:07 am]
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Has anyone out there used bedwetting alarms? 
My 5yo is almost 6 and I've just dropped the nighttime pullups because I want to stop buying them.  And my engineer husband thinks the girl sleeps so soundly she's just not waking up.


[User Picture]From: cdozo
2012-08-23 01:04 pm (UTC)
From what I understand, bed wetting is often not something that the kid can control.

The problem is that the kid's bladder hasn't grown big enough to hold all of the liquid that their body puts out during the night. The bladder eventually grows big enough and the problem stops. Until then, the best thing the parents can do is not to make too big of a fuss over it, so the kid makes it through with their confidence in themselves and their self esteem intact.

I suggest that you talk with your pediatrician before you start buying fancy gadgets.

A friend of mine's kid had this. It was a hassle, but it went away on it's own. He did sleepovers at our house, and I would have a pad on the bed and a second set of sheets at hand. When he peed, I just swapped the bedding and he went back to sleep. He never knew that his behavoir was uncommon.
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[User Picture]From: galingale
2012-08-24 01:02 am (UTC)
Um....right. Apparently I needed to give TMI to avoid people assuming I'm being pushy.

My almost 6yo daughter hates being wet. She screams and cries and tantrums when she wakes up wet. She wakes us all up. The last few months, she has started getting itchy when her diaper's wet in the morning -- and yet she refuses the idea of reusables because they look like they're for babies.

I make the bed in sandwich layers -- plastic, towel, bedsheet, repeat -- so it takes about 5 seconds to have the bed ready again. But that's enough time for her to work herself into a tumultuous uproar. Not easy for any of us to get back to sleep -- she & my husband have it the worst, usually. She does go back to sleep quickly when we wake her for parent-bedtime potty breaks.

She has trouble waking up in the morning too --even dry nights, or after a nap, and I sure sympathize. We know someone else who had this problem and her dad made an alarm. Personally I want a little more assurance of safety than a low-voltage wire -- but she says she learned to associate the feelings very quickly, and it taught her body to wake up when she was filling up.

Personal family history too -- which I've never told my daughter about by the way. My mother did as you're talking about -- just changed the sheets -- and she never scolded me. But I scolded myself. I hated being wet. I wanted to just wake up before it happened -- I remember crying when I'd woken up but not enough to get out of bed and the second wakeup was wet. I hated the room smelling of urine. I hated the feel of the rubber sheet. I had trouble getting back to sleep.

Recently I tried asking my mother if she was waking me up at her bedtime or in the night for extra potty breaks, but she's over 90 and a little vague and doesn't remember.

SO....that's why we are researching the water alarms.
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