Choosing the right bedwetting alarm

At first nocturnal enuresis (best known as bedwetting) sounds like a disease, but it’s not. Even so, in some children it can cause serious embarrassment and poor self-esteem.

What is Noctural Enuresis?

Nocturnal enuresis, in layman’s terms, is bedwetting. If you have a child over the age of six who is wetting the bed, you may have tried everything and now you are wondering if there is any help. There is, and it’s called a bedwetting alarm.

What is a bedwetting alarm?

One of the main causes of bed wetting in children is a combination of deep sleeping patterns and over production of urine.

Making use of the best bedwetting alarms can help teach a child’s body to better respond to a full bladder, as well as help break the deep sleep cycles that are typical of this behaviour.

An electronic bedwetting alarm sounds an alert as soon as a child begins to urinate. Bedwetting alarms are designed to assist bedwetters in training their brains to react to their full bladders by awakening and using the toilet.

A bedwetting alarm “senses” moisture as the first drops of urine are released, and sounds a shrill alarm, waking the child.

A feeling of bladder fullness will eventually replace the sound of the bedwetting alarm as the signal to the sleeper’s brain that it’s time to get up and visit the toilet. Bedwetting alarm therapy is actually a type of behavioral conditioning.

There are three types of best bedwetting alarms:

Wearable Bedwetting Alarms

With a wearable alarm, the sleeper places the moisture sensing device in his or her pyjamas or underwear.

A wearable bedwetting alarm reacts to the urine almost immediately.

This type of bedwetting alarm is a design in which the child wears the moisture sensor, which is connected to the alarm device by means of a cord, in or on their underwear or pajamas.

WetStop3 is with little doubt the best wearable bedwetting alarm available in the market today. It is a good cost-effective alarm.

Bed-and-Pad Bedwetting Alarm

In an alarm-and-pad bedwetting alarm, the moisture sensor is in the form of a pad placed beneath the sleeper. The sewn-in sensors in the pad detect moisture and the alarm sounds.

The sensor pads which come with the Wet Detective from Potty MD have the added advantage of being waterproof, which means you don’t need an extra waterproof pad on the bed (as well as the sensor pad). The pads are also industrial quality so they withstand wash after wash. This is a good option for those children who don’t want to wear an alarm. They are also good for adults, the elderly and those with special needs.


Wireless Bedwetting Alarm

The third type of bedwetting alarm, the wireless alarm, has a moisture sensor which communicates to the alarm unit with a transmitter. The base unit (receiver) is plugged into a wall in the bedroom (one can also be plugged into the parent’s room).

This is the newest technology in bedwetting alarms. The Rodger Wireless Bedwetting Alarm comes with underwear with sewn-in sensors. The added advantage of this alarm over others is that moisture is detected immediately thereby triggering the alarm to sound immediately to wake the child.

Bed wetting therapy experts have estimated that, with consistent and proper use, the best bedwetting alarms will train children to wake before wetting in around four to six weeks. Some train much quicker, within days, others take longer. Bedwetting alarms are successful in around eighty percent of young bedwetters.



Alarm Type

Useful for


Wet Stop 3

Wearable alarm with clipped on sensor and cord

Sound and vibration


Cost effective.

Simple to use.

Proven success (sold since 1979).

Wet Detective

Sensor pad on bed and alarm unit beside bed




Special Needs


Can be set to a loud setting.

Pad is waterproof.

Simple to use.

Comfortable – no cables.

Rodger Wireless Alarm

Wearable sensor underpants with transmitter. Base unit plugged into wall.




Special Needs

Latest technology.

Comfortable – sewn-in sensor underpants.

No cords.

Moisture detected immediately.


Bedwetting Alarm Advice

  • Choose the right time. Choose times when routines are not interrupted too much.
  • Talk to your child about how the alarm works and help him get prepared each night (spare pyjamas, night light, change of underpants/bed pad).
  • Make setting the alarm part of your everyday bedtime routine.
  • Do not skip nights.
  • Be POSITIVE! Give plenty of encouragement and stay confident and positive along the way.
  • Work on daytime toilet habits too. Encourage regular fluid and toilet stops throughout the day.
  • Avoid using nappies or pull-ups—your child should feel the wetness.
  • For some children it takes time before they wake to the sound of the alarm. Be patient & assist your child with waking when the alarm sounds. With time they will wake by themselves.
  • Remain PATIENT throughout the process. Some children become dry within days, others take weeks.

As you continue to use the alarm every night the number of dry nights will begin to outnumber the wet ones. However, during the training process, expect the occasional accident to occur. This is normal as your child’s body develops.