The Hello Dry Nights 'Stop Bedwetting' 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 professional Ramsey Coote 'bed and pad' bedwetting alarms as the training aid for our programme.
HOW DOES THE BEDWETTING ALARM WORK?
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. 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 alarms are very safe and comply with New Zealand electrical safety standards.
WHEN SHOULD WE START THE PROGRAMME?
If your child is still wetting the bed more than once a week and they are older than six this is a good time to start the programme. Other reasons include: Your child is really keen to stop bedwetting; Their self-esteem and/or social participation is affected (dreading school camps and avoiding sleepovers); It is causing stress in the family; A younger sibling has stopped bedwetting.
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 motivated for the programme to work we recommend not starting around a significant event such as starting a new school.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
It takes from as little as 6 weeks for any age of child to become dry, although some may take a lot longer. The average time for those using the Hello Dry Nights 'Stop Bedwetting' programme is 6 - 9 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.
STARTING YOUR CHILD ON OUR PROGRAMME, ALARM RENTAL
If your child is a good fit with our programme and subject to alarm availability, we can then get started with an initial consultation, either via email, in person or over the phone. We will then give you one of our Ramsey Coote bedwetting alarms as the training aid under a rental agreement. All of our alarms have a 'counter' on the top that measures how long it takes the child to turn off the alarm.
The initial hire period is 4 weeks and the fee is $160.00 (incl GST). Courier costs are extra, please contact us for a courier quote, pick up from Grey Lynn, Auckland is free. Each additional week is $30.00 (incl GST), payable in advance by with an automatic payment.
The Hello Dry Nights 'Stop Bedwetting' step-by-step programme and our ongoing support is included.