Our Solution to Bedwetting

What's the best way to cure bedwetting?

If your child has never been dry at night then a bedwetting alarm "is the only method proven to have cured the problem." (Professor Hjalmas of Sweden, leading paediatric medical expert).

Bedwetting alarms have the highest success rate in treating bedwetting compared to other treatments. Long-term success rates range from 70-90% compared to approximately 25% for Behavioural Therapy and 60% for Drug Therapy, however, once medication is ceased the relapse ranges between 59-100%.

The advantage of bedwetting alarms is that they are cost effective, do not require medication and have no side effects.

How do bedwetting alarms work?

The Brain and Physiology

Bedwetting alarms work on the principle of Conditioned Learning. This principle was discovered by Pavlov, a Russian psychologist in the early 1900s. He found that if a powerful stimulus is associated with a neutral one then after a time the neutral one acquires the same strength as the powerful one.

In his work with dogs Pavlov found that putting food in a dog’s mouth was a powerful stimulus triggering the production of saliva. He then experimented with ringing a bell each time he gave the dog some food and after a time he found that simply ringing a bell would result in the dog producing saliva. People are also affected by this kind of learning and mostly we are completely unaware that it is happening.  Whenever a powerful and neutral stimulus occur together a link is made.

In the case of bed wetters the sensation of a full bladder should trigger awakening but it doesn’t. However, the sound of a loud noise can trigger waking and cause an immediate contraction of the external sphincter muscle which stops the flow of urine from the bladder. The solution is to pair up the feeling of a full bladder with a loud noise so that, in time, the sensation of a full bladder will do the waking just like a loud noise.

How do DRI Sleeper® alarms work?

DRI Sleeper® bedwetting alarms work by placing the Urosensor™ in your child’s underwear that triggers an alarm when a small amount of urine is released, waking your child up:

 

If you're wondering what the point of waking the child is when he or she has already wet because it’s too late by then, remember the principle of Pavlovian conditioning. When a powerful stimulus and a neutral (or ineffective) stimulus are paired together, in time, the ineffective or neutral stimulus becomes as effective as the powerful stimulus. The fact that the alarm is triggered after bedwetting doesn't matter. The brain can even connect backwards, and so it associates being woken up by the alarm with the sensation of what was happening in the bladder.  In time the sensation in the bladder by itself becomes just as powerful as the loud noise from the alarm to wake the bed-wetter.

How do I use a DRI Sleeper® alarm?

How to use a DRI Sleeper® excel wired alarm

How to use a DRI Sleeper® eclipse wireless alarm

How long is the treatment time with a DRI Sleeper® alarm?

Just as all children are not the same the treatment time for their bedwetting will not be the same. In general it takes between a few weeks to a few months for a bedwetting alarm to cure a child’s bedwetting. In a small number of cases treatment time may take longer and require more support from parents. When you purchase an alarm from this website receive FREE ongoing expert guidance throughout the treatment period.

Lydia and her girls

My daughter loves the alarm. She’s told me to ‘sell my pull-ups on eBay mommy’. She just loves that she doesn’t have to wear pull-ups…

- Lydia Du Buisson, Canada