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Alarms Can Help Stop Childhood Bedwetting

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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

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