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Alarm training

Using an alarm is a good way of overcoming bedwetting. It helps by giving you a prompt to wake up as soon as your child starts to wee.

At bedtime

Avoid your child drinking a lot in the 2 hours before bedtime before they go to sleep.

Make sure they have 2 wees, 1 before they get undressed and ready for bed, and 1 just before going to sleep.

Have your child practise lying in their bed and imagine their bladder is full and get up to use the loo.

Set up the bedwetting alarm and go to sleep.

How to use a bedwetting alarm

If the alarm triggers, your child should wake up and stop themselves from weeing.

Once they have switched off the alarm, they can go to the toilet to finish off weeing.

Then help them to remove the wet sheets and remake the bed. Normally you do not need to reset the alarm again in the same night.

In the morning, clean the sensor or mat so it is ready for the next night.

Beat the alarm

Encourage your child that, before they fall asleep to think “I’ll wake up if I need a wee”, and that if they do wake up, they should go for a wee.

They can make this on their chart as self waking.

Progress chart

Use a progress chart to record:

  • if they wake up to use the toilet
  • if the alarm woke them up
  • time the alarm is triggered
  • the size of the wet patch
  • of any dry nights and note if they slept through or woke to wee

You may find:

  • the wet patches get smaller
  • the alarm triggers later in the night
  • more dry nights

Remove the alarm after 14 consecutive dry nights.

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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: CON7

Resource Type: Article

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