My-Pad

Lead Applicant: University of Central Lancashire

Funding: NIHR

Living with nocturnal enuresis (NE) can be distressing for the child and their family. Consequently, problems may occur in the child’s self-esteem, social functioning and mental health.  Families of the child may also face difficulties such as parents feeling helpless and siblings being tired or late for school. It is expected that some families do not seek help as they may believe that the child will ‘grow out of it’. However, children with infrequent wetting and more severe enuresis would benefit from treatment.

The aim of the My-Pad project is to design a new wearable alarm system, using ultrasound, which will detect bladder fullness to prevent inappropriate voiding and assist with the NE problem. A period of ‘learning’ will occur in the day using wearable ultrasound device and artificial intelligence. This will create an individualised alarm triggering point which aligns with the child’s pattern of voiding and bladder capacity. This should wake the child pre-voiding and reduce the need for stress associated with nightly sheet changing. Additionally, the trigger point can be gradually moved over time in order to ‘train’ the bladder.