The most advanced and best-recommended bedwetting alarms today are those that we attach to the child’s clothes. There are two categories: with wires and wire-free, and at our clinics we use both.
The advantages of a bedwetting device attached to the clothes
- The sensor is close to the source of moisture, so it’s activated by the first drop of urine and allows the best-quality conditioning. It’s not affected by the child’s place in the bed, or the position he sleeps in.
- The reaction of stopping the flow of urine starts with the first drop of urine, so from the very start of treatment, the children and their family enjoy a marked improvement in their lives.
- The device is small and can easily be placed in the child’s clenched fist. It’s very easy to carry it, conceal it, and prevent unnecessary embarrassment.
There are also devices on the market that are attached to the bed and placed under the sheet. They are mostly considered ‘old-fashioned.’ Most professionals worldwide no longer use them because of their many disadvantages. The device is composed of a flat plastic pad, placed under the sheet and connected by a power cable to a box placed beside the bed. When wetting begins and reaches the surface, the electrical circuit closes and a beep is emitted.
The disadvantages of an instrument attached to the bed are:
- The long delay between the start of wetting and the beep sounding. The device is only activated after a large amount of urine is released from the body, and passes through the clothes to the sheet and onto the activating pad. The quality of the conditioning and of the treatment is lower.
- When the child sleeps on her back on the far side of the bed, wetting “misses” the pad and the device fail to activate.
- Because of the device’s physical size, it is noticeable and hard to conceal and can cause embarrassment when friends visit and notice it.