I thought toilet training my children would be a breeze when my eldest son was day and night dry when he was 4 ½ years old. I gloated too soon because even though my youngest son, now five years old was also trained at a young age my beloved six year old daughter stills wets the bed every night. Hannah is a smart, funny beautiful little girl and it breaks my heart to see her in tears each morning as she hands me her wet pull-up asking me sorrowfully, “Momma, when will I ever be dry like the boys?” I discussed this with her pediatric pulmonologist and she explained to me that since Hannah as a very severe form of chronic asthma even when she appears to be breathing normally, her body is working overtime so when she falls asleep at night she falls into such a deep sleep that her body does not properly wake her up as it should. She further recommended that I consider using a bed wetting alarm with Hannah something which my exasperated husband and I had never before considered.
I was introduced to the Dry-Me bedwetting alarm and the book, 7 Steps to Nighttime Dryness: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Bedwetting by Renee Mercer, MSN, CPNP. I sat with Hannah and explained to her that we might have a solution to her bedwetting problem and she was very excited to work with us on resolving this issue.
I began by reading the excellent book, 7 Steps to Nighttime Dryness (SRP $14.95) and I could immediately relate to the author’s words and felt reassured that we could be proactive in helping Hannah to stop wetting her bed. I learned a wealth of information on the subject including what does and does not cause bedwetting, which treatment options would be best suited for our family, how to use a bedwetting alarm and ultimately when we would stop using it once Hannah no longer wets the bed at night. I really like how this book offers solid, practical advice and it gave me hope that I could help Hannah through the various techniques in this book and with the use of a bedwetting alarm. It also helped me to make my husband understand that Hannah is not wetting her bed intentionally and he actually was manly enough to admit that bedwetting until a later age actually runs in his side of the family (the books suggests that there could be a familial link to late bedwetting).
We began using the Dry-Me Enuresis Alarm (bedwetting alarm) and felt this model would be best for Hannah because she wears it on her body, it is small and lightweight so it is not obtrusive and it is very easy to use. It is battery operated and has eight random loud sounds and the option for sound and vibration, sounds only and vibration only. When Hannah is ready to go to bed, I make sure that she has gone to the bathroom and then we clip the alarm to her pajama material at the shoulder and then attach the sensor to her underpants. Once she starts to urinate it will sound the alarm. The alarm sounds are not scary or frightening at all to her much to my relief however it is an effective series of random noises that wakes me up at night. The first few times this happened, I heard the alarm from across the house and went to her where she was still sound asleep (my husband had to see it to believe it). We woke her up and helped her walk to the toilet where she finished emptying her bladder. After one week of use, Hannah would rouse herself but still needed my encouragement to help her to the bathroom. On day 18, I woke up to sunlight and realized that I hadn’t gotten up in the night! When I went into Hannah’s room she was standing there leaping up and down with delight telling me that her underpants were dry…..it is a moment I will never forget, seeing my precious daughter’s beaming face light up with pride and self-confidence. Hannah still has nighttime bedwetting episodes (the book said that this is to be expected) and we continue to consistently use the bedwetting alarm and I find it to be an effective treatment for her bedwetting with no unpleasant side effects.
You are invited to visit the Bedwetting Store to purchase the Dry-Me Bedwetting Alarm for $49.95. I highly recommend purchasing both this bedwetting alarm along with the 7 Steps to Nighttime Dryness. For the first time, I feel more confident in my ability to understand and help my daughter become dry both day and night!
Update 4/23/13: Last night, I awoke to a noise and it wasn’t the Dry-Me bedwetting alarm sounding. I went to see what it was and found my daughter, Hannah on the commode at 3 a.m. She smiled at me and said, “Mommy, would you believe that I woke up and had to go pee and my alarm didn’t even go off?!” We were both so very excited that we actually danced around the house for a few minutes before I tucked her back into her bed for the rest of her night! I am so very proud of my “big girl” and many, many heartfelt “thanks” to Dry-Me!
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.