Too many people know the frustration of waking to find that a child has wet the bed. Most instances are isolated, in that it was only a random accident. Unfortunately, for untold thousands of families, this is actually a nightly occurrence. Thankfully, there is help in the form of a bedwetting alarm.
The first thing to note is that there is no defect in parenting, as many mothers and fathers undoubtedly feel. Don’t neglect the fact that the child probably feels just as badly as you do about the situation. There is obviously an underlying cause for the problem, and the remedy that works for many is a bedwetting alarm.
For some reason, most kids who are chronic bedwetters do not receive the brain signal from the bladder that causes most everyone else to waken and head to the bathroom. So a bedwetting alarm that is attached in two places-a sensor near the point of urination and a speaker attached near the shoulder-causes the brain to receive the missed signal.
Now, the alarm probably won’t wake the child from a deep slumber, which is how most chronic bedwetters sleep. Instead, the signal to stop urinating occurs subconsciously, while the alarm will probably wake the parents, who can then rouse the sleeper and lead him or her to the bathroom to finish up. With continued use, the child will eventually connect the signals with being woken, and will then start to wake up on their own, with out parental intervention.
Obviously, the fact that these children don’t wake up, like most people do when their bladders have reached maximum capacity, is the real problem. Actually, full bladders during sleep hours are not exactly normal, anyway.
Anyone who consumes soda, tea, or any other food or drink containing caffeine are causing their bodies to respond by pulling excess water to the bladder; this is why coffee makes adults need more bathroom trips than normal. You see, caffeine works as a diuretic, and it is especially true for children. Eliminating caffeine from a child’s diet can lessen the amount of fluid built up in the bladder. So, too, can limiting the fluid intake in the hours leading to bedtime.
Regardless of the cause of your child wetting the bed, a bedwetting alarm can, in just about twelve weeks, eliminate the problem altogether. From the most basic to the most elaborate, bedwetting alarms are widely available and can help you and your child get back to normalcy.