Frequently Asked Questions on Bedwetting Alarm Devices

What are Bedwetting Alarm Devices?
Bedwetting Alarm devices are specially designed alarm systems for people with inability to control moisture and leakage. They are used to awaken or alert individuals via either noise or a vibrating mechanism.
How do bedwetting alarms work?
The sensors are usually so sensitive that the alarm goes off as soon as user starts to wet (pass urine). This wakes user who then stops passing urine. User should then get up and finish off in the toilet. This conditions user to wake up and go to the toilet if he or she starts to wet the bed, or is about to start. In time, user is conditioned to wake when their bladder is full before they begin wetting, or learns to sleep through the night without wetting the bed.
What are the types of Alarms?
Wearable Alarms: A wearable alarm is a design in which the user 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 electricity conducting wire or cable that can be worn under the shirt. Many wearable alarms vibrate as well as sound to wake deep sleepers.

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 user’s underwear. The signal is transmitted wirelessly to a unit that is across the room from the user or an alarm unit in the user’s room. Once the alarm unit is activated, it is necessary to get out of bed to turn it off. New wireless alarms add the convenience of also sounding an alarm in the caregiver's room, allowing both user and caregiver to sleep in the comfort and privacy of their own beds and rooms. Multiple alarms in the house can further increase convenience. Remote controls can facilitate using the wireless bedwetting alarm system, and be especially convenient for the parent or caregiver.

Pad-Type Alarms: Bell-and pad alarms do not attach to the user in any way. The moisture sensor is in the form of a pad or mat that the user 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.
How is the alarm used?
Make sure you know exactly how the alarm works. Use it every night until user has had at least 14 consecutive dry nights. On average, 3 to 5 months is needed for this.

At first it may be best for caregiver to sleep in the same room as user, and get up with them, as it might be frightening when the alarm goes off. However, when user gets used to the alarm, he or she should take responsibility for getting up when the alarm goes off. In time, user should also be given responsibility for re-setting the alarm after getting up, and for changing any wet sheets or bedding.