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If self-help tips don't help to achieve dry nights, using a bedwetting alarm is usually the next step for children. They are the first line treatment option recommended by the evidence based NICE guidelines on bedwetting in under 19s.

They are a really effective way of helping train children to become dry at night, but they work best when children are feeling motivated to get dry and families are prepared for some hard work at first. 

How do they work?

A bedwetting alarm has a sensor attached to an alarm. If the sensor gets wet, it sets the alarm off and wakes your child up. Over time, the alarm should help your child to learn when they need to wee and wake up to go to the toilet.

What to do before buying an alarm

The reasons for bedwetting are complex and there can be underlying causes such as constipation to treat first, it's really important to try and work out why your child is wet at night before beginning treatment.

All children should be given a bladder and bowel assessment by a doctor or nurse following the guidance in our Children's Continence Pathway for healthcare professionals.   

For further help with bedwetting and deciding whether to use an alarm, give our freephone helpline a call and take a look at the following resources: 

Where can you get bedwetting alarms?

We sell a wide range of body worn and bed mat alarms in our online shop. Every purchase supports the work that we do with children and their families.

Online shop

Call our customer service team to get more information and help with choosing the right alarm for your child: 

Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8am to 5pm (voicemails checked regularly)
Tel: 0117 301 2100 Email: [email protected]

Bedwetting alarms aren't available on the NHS, but you may be able to borrow one from your local enuresis (bedwetting) or continence clinic. Your doctor or school nurse can tell you more.

Tips and resources for alarm success

It can help to reward your child for getting up when the alarm sounds and remembering to reset the alarm.

Bedwetting alarms usually need to be used for at least four weeks. It can be really helpful for parents and carers to encourage their child to practise setting off the alarm before they go to sleep and being close by at first when it goes off in the night so you are on hand to help them.  

Watch a video which demonstrates different alarms available from the ERIC shop