For years we have been trying to Manage my Daughters bed wetting issue, I have taken her to several pediatricians in Nigeria and all I get is be patient it takes some children time continue what you are doing, we stop her from drinking water as soon as she has had dinner, we wake her up 3-4 times at night, with all these the accidents still happen, she is almost 9 this is not an issue of being patient anymore. While on vacation in Dubai it took her to see a pediatric Urologist Consultant, (I paid 70K for consultation but it’s worth a try)
He physically checked her, said she was fine, urine test done that was also fine ✅.
The bladder has 2 sensors, when the bladder is 1/2 full 1st sensor sends a signal to the brain saying am 1/2 way full, when the bladder is 2/3 full the 2nd sensor sends a signal again to the brain alerting it and it’s time to go to the toilet, unfortunately when my daughter is asleep the brain somehow never gets the signal from the sensors, I explained how I wake her up 3-4 times but still she wets the bed, he said even if you wake her 10 times the brain is still sleeping and doesn’t register that she has been to the toilet several times, you have to make a loud noise to wake up the brain, so he put us on a therapy,
THE ALARM CLOCK THERAPY
The therapy is to use the alarm clock sound to wake up the brain so it recognizes the signal being sent from bladder sensors.
1- Buy an alarm clock , an old fashioned alarm clock that makes a loud sound (it’s the loud sound that you want to wake the brain and make the child alert) not our phone or digital alarms.
2- Right after dinner the child should not take water or any liquids.
3- The child should go to the bathroom before bed and the alarm should be set +3hrs from the time the child goes to bed (eg, if child goes to bed at 8 alarm should be set at 11)
4- when the alarm sounds please don’t switch it off, let the child wake up and be alert, let the child be the one to switch off the alarm.
5- Buy a journal for the child, the child should daily fill in the journal the time they went to bed, the time the alarm was set and if they had a wet or dry Night.
6- The journal entry should be used as a reward system to encourage the child, eg, for every 30 dry nights they get to visit a toy store and buy a toy of their choice, this keeps the child motivated.
I started this 2 months ago and really I have seen changes and improvements.
1- Mentally my daughter now wakes up alert, before when I wake her up clearly you can see she is still sleeping, I have to drag her to the bathroom and put her on the toilet seat, then drag her back to bed. Now she walks her self to the bathroom and back to bed. So the alarm is starting to wake up the brain and she is more alert.
2- she actually wakes up sometimes on her own without the alarm to go to the bathroom. 🏽🏽🏽🏽🏽
3- We are having so many many dry nights
4-We still are having a few wet nights (in most cases it’s because she sneaked and had water/liquid)
5- I had to adjust her alarm time from +3hrs to +2hrs as I found out she would wet the bed before +3hrs, so I do +2hrs and another +2hrs (hopefully in another month we can go back to just +3hrs) Fell free to adjust the alarm time to what suits you.
The Alarm therapy is working I just have to be patient as it will take time before the brain will fully on its own be alert to receive the signal from the bladder sensors. How on earth never a Dr in Nigeria explained this still baffles me, if your child is over 6yrs and is consistently bed wetting please seek professional help and don’ take the be patient and some kids take longer story, Hope this helps some one.