Alarms Can Help Stop Childhood Bedwetting
But before parents rush out to buy urine alarms, there are a few things they should keep in mind, Waksman tells WebMD:
- The systems are designed for kids over age 6.
- A cure is more likely if a psychologist is consulted.
- It usually takes about a month for the bed-wetting to stop.
- Children should use the system for three to four months.
- There's a chance of regression within the first year.
But what about kids 6 and under? "Be patient, encourage them to wear pull-up diapers to bed, and do everything possible to preserve their self-esteem," says child psychologist Lawrence Balter, PhD, professor of applied psychology at New York University.
Balter also recommends that parents:
- Not humiliate, embarrass, or punish their children over bed-wetting incidents
- Avoid comparisons with other children
- Reassure their children that the condition is only temporary
- Discuss any family history of bed-wetting with their child's doctors