Bedwetting alarm


Bedwetting alarm

A bedwetting alarm is an electronic device used as a treatment option for Nocturnal Enuresis. The alarm sounds when the wearer urinates. This can help condition the child to wake at the sensation of a full bladder.

Alarms come in several different styles: wearable alarms, wireless alarms, and pad-type alarms. While there is some variation in the styles of the alarms, they all function similarly; each alarm has a moisture sensor component and an alarm component. When the child first begins to urinate the sensor will detect the moisture and sound the alarm.

Bedwetting alarms are a treatment tool designed to teach people to respond to a full bladder by waking and using the toilet. This alert helps begin to condition the brain to register the bladder’s need to urinate [http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7322/1167?view=full&pmid=11711411#SEC5 Evidence based management of nocturnal enuresis: Alarms, dry bed training, and star charts] .

Types of Alarms

Wearable Alarms

A wearable alarm is a design in which the child wears the moisture sensor in or on their underwear or pajamas. This type of sensor will detect moisture almost immediately. The sensor is attached to the alarm unit with a cord that can be worn under the shirt.

Wireless Alarms

A wireless bedwetting alarm is one in which the sensor and the alarm unit communicate by a means other than a wire. The transmitter, which senses the moisture, is directly attached to the child's underwear. The signal is transmitted wirelessly to a unit that is across the room from the child or an alarm unit in the child's room. Once the alarm unit is activated, it is necessary to get out of bed to turn it off.

Pad-type Alarms

Bell-and pad alarms do not attach to the child in any way. The moisture sensor is in the form of a pad or mat that the child sleeps on top of. The pad detects moisture after urine has leaked onto it. The alarm unit is connected with a cord and usually sits on the bedside stand. This alarm requires a larger amount of urine before the sensor can detect moisture. The person must be on the pad for it to sense moisture.

References

External Links

* [http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060501/bmj.html Recent Research from the AAFP]


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