The Hello dry nights. programme is as little as six weeks long and offers a step by step process to ensure your child wakes in a dry bed by the end of it.
We use a professional Ramsey Coote 'bed and pad' alarm as the training aid, in combination with our easy to follow step by step programme. Bed and pad alarms are extremely successful in treating bedwetting, published clinical data proves that they work with a 77% success rate (and even higher in programmes offering support) which is why it is widely recommended by New Zealand doctors for stopping bedwetting.
To achieve success, your child must want to cooperate with the programme and take responsibility for their night-time dryness. Ultimately your child needs to learn how to control their bladder. You can't manage it for them; you can only help. Consider this a team approach; you (the parents) the child and us (your support crew).
THE BED AND PAD ALARM
The bell and pad treatment was developed based on a concept of a physiological link between the act of bedwetting, and an alarm system which triggered as a response to the wetting. The alarm teaches the child to become aware that the bladder is full and they should now wake up and go to the toilet. Practitioners across New Zealand have used this treatment for many years, and it is the benchmarked technique due to its high level of success.
The alarm consists of a rubber mat with sensors (the 'pad') and an alarm box (the 'bell'). The mat is placed on the bed under the child and is connected by a lead to the alarm box which is operated by a battery. When the child begins to urinate and wets the mat, the alarm will ring. A minimum of a tablespoon of urine will set off the alarm once it hits the sensors in the pad. The alarm has been designed to ring at a high frequency, which will help arouse the sleeping child once the bed-pad has been wet, simultaneously a light in the alarm will switch on. The aim is to get the child awake as soon as possible and get them to switch the alarm off.
The alarm is very safe and will not cause any burns or shocks to your child. All alarms comply with New Zealand electrical safety standards.
WHEN TO START THE PROGRAMME
It is important that you meet with your doctor before starting the programme to ensure your child has no underlying medical condition.
You must discuss the programme with your child, so they fully understand it and are motivated participants. The programme can be started at any time (subject to an alarm being available), however, as your child needs to be involved for the programme to work we recommend not starting around a significant event such as starting a new school.
It takes from as little as 6-8 weeks for any age of child to become dry, although some may take a lot longer, the average is around 10 - 12 weeks. Success is considered to be 14 days or more waking with a dry bed.
There are three stages to achieve dryness: Initial assessment, use of alarm and bed-pad then over learning to prevent relapse.
We will be your support team throughout the programme, checking in with you and your child and tweaking the programme as necessary to suit your individual needs.