How to select a bedwetting alarm
TYPES OF ALARMS
IN-PANT ALARMS – WEARABLE BEDWETTING ALARMS
Wired AlarmsWired devices comprise a tiny sensor attached to the panties in the area where the wetting will begin. A thin cable that goes under the shirt connects with the device. It comes out of the collar and connects to a tiny buzzer box attached to the shoulder. Thus, the first drop of urine reaching the sensor activates the alarm.
Wireless AlarmsWireless devices comprise a tiny sensor attached to the panties in the area where wetting will begin. The sensor connects a short, thin cable to a small transmitter clipped onto the belt area. There are also sensors (Eclipse by Anzacare) that include a tiny transmitter inside; thus, they do not require a cable at all. The alarm itself does not cling to the child at all. You can locate it almost anywhere in the house, in the child’s room, in the parents’ room, or anywhere else. The first drop of urine reaching the sensor activates the buzzer.
IN-BED ALARMS – BELL AND PAD BEDWETTINGThe device comprises a detector pad placed under the sheet. The device is connected via an electrical cable to an operating box set next to the bed. In addition, when wetting occurs and reaches the surface, activating the alarm box. Recently, Wetstop has launched a more sophisticated device (wet detective bed pad alarm). They make a detector pad of an absorbent fabric sheet at the top but impermeable to liquids at the bottom. When wetting occurs and reaches the surface of the pad, activating the alarm box. The detector sheet is machine washable, and you can dry it in the dryer and reuse it. However, the greatest advantage of this device with this absorbent sheet compared to the old operating surface is that the detector pad protects the bedsheet; therefore, it eliminates the need to change sheets during the night.
Advantages and disadvantages
of In-Pant alarms
In all ‘In-Pant alarms,’ the sensor is close to the source of wetting. Thus activated by the first drop of urine and allows greatest conditioning quality. The child’s position in the bed doesn’t affect it or the position in which they sleep. After that, a urinary retention reaction occurs with the first drop of urine.
So that already at the beginning of the treatment, the child and the family receive a significant improvement in their living conditions by the massive reduction in quantities of urine flowing into the bedsheets. All the ‘In-Pant alarms’ allow the use of diapers during treatment. Thus save a lot of washing and unpleasantness.
Wired In-Pant devices are usually a little cheaper than wireless devices. Wireless devices are without a doubt the most efficient and convenient to use.
They allow the child to receive the treatment without the use of a shirt. There is no need to transfer wires and attach a buzzer to the garment in the shoulder area. Above all, their most important advantage is the placement of the buzzer. Anywhere in the house and especially in the master bedroom, this contributes to dealing with deep sleep.Today, wireless devices allow two active simultaneous buzzers, one in the child’s room and one in the parents’ room. Anzacare, New Zealand, made the most advanced and convenient buzzer to use, named Eclipse. In addition, the only disadvantage of In-Pant alarms is that they are not suitable for use by children from special populations or children with extreme sensitivity who cannot tolerate any contact with a foreign object attached to their garment.
Advantages and Disadvantages
of In-Bed alarms
Such devices are helpful with children from special populations or children with extreme sensitivity who cannot tolerate any contact with a foreign object attached to their garment. The prolonged delay between the onset of wetting and the beeping sound is the disadvantage of these alarms. Thus, a large amount of urine released, and passed through the clothing and sheet to the operating surface from the body, activates the device. In conclusion, this impairs the quality of the conditioning and the quality of the treatment.
Yet, when the child sleeps on their back or on the far side of the bed, the wetting will “miss” the surface, and the device will not turn on because of the physical size of the device. It is conspicuous and difficult to hide and avoid embarrassment when friends and visitors at home encounter it. You cannot use ‘In-Bed’ alarms while children wear diapers instead of In-Pant alarm units that allow it.