How do bedwetting alarms work?

Bedwetting is a problem for many school age children and their families and it is important that they don't feel alone with this. If you have a child that suffers from bed wetting, then a bedwetting alarm (or otherwise known as an enuresis alarm) could be your answer...

Click here to read more about 'Bedwetting in Children' and learn what causes bedwetting and what you can do to help.

How do they work?

Bedwetting Alarms work on the principle of conditioned learning where the brain is conditioned to be open to messages from the bladder and prevent bed wetting during sleep.

When the moisture sensitive part of the alarm is activated by the first drop of urine, the alarm sounds and your child should usually wake up.

The brain will react by sending a message to the bladder to stop the flow of urine.

Eventually a link between wetting the bed and being woken is established and your child's mind learns to 'beat the alarm', hopefully leading to dry nights.

How do you use the alarm?

The Parenting Garden Bedwetting Alarm consists of two main parts - the alarm unit and the detachable easy-clip moisture sensor.

The small alarm unit is positioned around your child's upper arm using the comfortable adjustable strap and the attached cord then runs up your child's arm (underneath the pajamas top) and is clipped to the outside of your child's jocks or knickers.


When your child starts to wee, the moisture sensor detects the urine immediately and activates the alarm. The alarm will give out a loud 'beeping' sound, start vibrating and the light will start flashing.

The alarm will continue to sound until the moisture sensor is removed from the underwear. This helps to wake up even the deepest of sleepers (like my own)!

Using the Bedwetting Alarm over time will train the brain to have automatic control over the bladder.

Your child will learn to wake up before needing to wee, or continue to sleep without needing to empty their bladder.

For further information on The Parenting Garden Bedwetting Alarm, click here to take you to the product page. 



When would you start to see results?

From the very first night your child uses a bedwetting alarm, the learning process begins. However the conditional learning process will take some time.

In the very beginning, if your child is a deep sleeper, you may need to help wake your child and lead them to the toilet. From the very first night, your child's brain is already learning, even if they don't wake on their own at the beginning.

If the Bedwetting Alarm Program is used consistently, typically is takes most children between 3-5 months to stop wetting the bed completely. However, each child is different and some may stop wetting after one week and others may need a few months, as long as the Bedwetting Alarm is used each and every night.