by Karen Radford 4 min read

Parents questions about children's bed wetting answered.


We have found many parents ask similar questions and share the same concerns. In this blog post, I will try to answer questions from parents who have responded to our Exit Survey asking ‘What is your biggest concern about purchasing a bedwetting alarm?’.


Christmas and the expense of starting night toilet training during the holidays

Bedwetting alarms are relatively inexpensive medical devices when you look at the financial and psychic cost of bedwetting which can include extra laundry, diapers, mattress protection, stress and negative effects on a child’s self-esteem. Indeed using 1 diaper a night for a year would cost far more than most bedwetting alarms.

However, if a child is under the guidance of, or on DHB enuresis clinic waiting list, we can offer the alarm at the DHB price which is a significant reduction on the normal retail price. Please contact us directly or call +64-4-212-5245 with your details. Occasionally, we also have floor models we can let parents have at a reduced price. Just ask!

Are bedwetting alarms safe for my child’s health

Bedwetting alarms are medical devices and are required to conform with the relevant Medical Device Regulations in each country they are sold. These regulations prescribe the general requirements for basic safety and essential performance and DRI Sleeper alarms conform with the European requirements in this regard. DRI Sleeper alarms carry the CE mark of conformity.

Additionally, the DRI Sleeper excel has built-in safety electronics to stop current passing through the sensor once the alarm is triggered. This ensures your child’s urine does not acidify and lead to skin irritation and rashes, which can happen with other types of alarms. The DRI Sleeper eclipse, on the other hand, emits just two low-frequency radio waves of only 1.4 seconds duration so it is completely safe to use with children.

If DRI Sleeper alarms are used in accordance with the instructions, they will not be harmful to a child’s health.

My biggest concern is if the alarm will interfere with his sleep patterns and cause him to become a poor or light sleeper as he's always on alert for the alarm?

Some children may initially respond to the novelty of a bedwetting alarm by being vigilant and sleeping more alertly than they would normally. However, once the novelty has worn off, and they become used to the routine of night-time toilet training with a bedwetting alarm they usually revert to their normal sleeping patterns.

The important thing is that they start to recognise the feeling of a full bladder during their sleep and respond to it before they wet the bed. This is the purpose of the alarm: to create a conditioned response to a weak or inoperative signal that the bladder is full by substituting it with a strong signal (the noise of the alarm) so the brain can start to identify this feeling during sleep and react to it.

Will it be uncomfortable to wear?

DRI Sleeper has your child’s comfort in mind!

DRI Sleeper’s Urosensors are built for speed (of detection) and comfort! The sensors go right inside the underwear to quickly detect bedwetting, and because they are made of conductive plastic, they are easy to clean and dry for re-use.

There are a variety of ways of placing the sensors in your child’s underwear, depending on their preference: you can cut a small pocket in a woman’s mini-pad or panty-liner and insert the sensor into this and stick the pad onto the crotch of your child’s underwear. Or, you can insert the sensor between two firm pairs of underpants; or, it can be inserted into a small pocket cut into a diaper. If your child’s underwear has a gusset, you can cut a slit in this and put the sensor inside the gusset.

The DRI Sleeper excel flexi-sensor measures 40mm x 20mm x 3mm and the DRI Sleeper eclipse transmitter sensor measures 53mm x 25mm x 10mm. Not too big and not too small….just right!

The cost of a bedwetting alarm - the glass half full answer!

One of the concerns parents raise is the price of a bedwetting alarm if it doesn’t stop the bedwetting. The glass-half-full answer to this is "what is the cost if you don’t get on top of night time toilet training?" Here are some of the costs of bedwetting that you need to consider in making any decision:

  • The cost of mattress protection 
  • The cost of extra laundry
  • The cost of pull-ups or diapers, if these are used (not to mention the cost to the environment of their disposal in landfills) 
  • Hidden costs:
    • The stress on family members of ongoing sleep disruption.
    • The detrimental effects on the bedwetter’s self-esteem.`

Bedwetting alarms are relatively inexpensive medical devices with a proven record in curing bedwetting in 70-90% of cases. The cost of using one diaper a night for a year would far exceed the cost of most bedwetting alarms!

So, if your child is ready to start night toilet training and enjoy the freedom that dry nights will bring, a bedwetting alarm could be your best investment.

If you have a question, please leave a comment below or email me at:

I look forward to answering your questions!

Karen Radford - DRI Sleeper Children's Bedwetting Adviser.

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