The Problem and the Solution

What is bed-wetting

Bed-wetting is uncontrolled, involuntary urination during sleep.
It causes unpleasantness, embarrassment and distress both to the child suffering from the condition and to the family. Current treatment modalities allow for therapeutic intervention and resolution of the problem as early as age 4.

Until recently, the problem of bed-wetting (Nocturnal Enuresis) had fallen between the cracks and received very little attention from medical professionals.

Because of this, clinical data was not available, as many questioned whether bed-wetting was even a medical issue, physicians and other professionals postponed treatment until the child was older (hoping the problem would solve itself.) Many advised that restricting drinking or waking the child during the night would alleviate the symptoms.

Today, recognition of the severity of this child incontinence problem, and it affect on the entire family, is constantly growing.

Primary Bed-Wetting

When bed-wetting is continuous since birth, it is considered as Primary Bed-Wetting.

Secondary Bed-Wetting

When a child has had a period of at least six consecutive months of complete dryness with out any wetting incidents. In some cases secondary bed-wetting appears following emotional distress e.g. the birth of a new child, change of residence. In many cases it appears for no apparent reason.

What causes the problem

There is a combination of factors that affect bladder control, both physical and emotional. However, the main cause of bed-wetting is a dysfunction of the reflex system controlling the bladder. When functioning properly, this mechanism doesnt allow for any involuntary leakage of urine during sleep or waking hours. In this child incontinence problem, it is only in a small minority of the cases that is caused by anatomic, urological or neurological defects.

Solution

Treatment using the electronic enuresis alarm is the most effective, when given within the framework of proper guidance and appropriate professional follow-up and support.
Research findings on the subject indicate that it is possible to start treatment as early as age 4, thus preventing unnecessary suffering in the years to come.

The goal of the treatment

The goal of our treatment is to repair the reflex system that controls the bladder. Once this has been accomplished, the life of a child who has previously suffered from bed-wetting will be identical to that of a normal child (or adult), who has never been subjected to this condition.

The method of the treatment

Our method is applicable for children as young as four years of age. The method uses a state of the art electronic alarm which is attached to the patients clothing while sleeping. This alarm is activated by the first drop of leaking urine. It awakens the child so that he can stop the flow of urine. With consistent use of the device, the cycle of beginning to urinate and then ceasing immediately strengthens the reflex system, gradually bringing the patient to automatic bladder control and complete dryness.
For more information, showing how the Cleveland Enuresis Institute treats this child incontinence problem, Bed-wetting, watch the educational film.
Duration of treatment usually lasts between 3 and 5 months.
Throughout the treatment period the family and the child receive constant assistance, support and counseling. Every morning they complete a progress chart (our special Interactive Online Progress Chart) in which they indicate what happened during the previous night. Approximately every two weeks (or as needed) they show the chart (online via the site or by fax) to our staff. They receive our comments and instructions as to how to proceed and how to overcome any possible hurdles. The use of the alarm can be stopped when the child achieves 21 consecutive dry nights. If he continues to be dry for another six weeks it is then regarded as complete dryness.

It is commonly accepted by professionals around the world that the Bed-Wetting Alarm approach is most effective when given under adequate support and supervision. This is exactly the service that we provide.
Families who use our program can hardly fail if they only follow the instructions and use the support facilities offered to them

Kinds of bed-wetting alarms

DRI Sleeper® Eclipse Bedwetting Alarm with remote Wireless Urosensor™

New Break-Through Technologies unique to the DRI Sleeper® Eclipse:

  • Long term battery life of up to 3 years (not 7 days or 1 month as in some other alarms)
  • World Patent Pending Urosensor™ technology its the only non-metal urine sensor ever. So theres no corrosion by urine, no skin irritation, and easy to clean for instant reuse.
  • The Urosensor™ docks on the DRI Sleeper® alarm unit when not being used and engages a second level of the battery saving technology.
  • The special electronics make the wireless Urosensor™ the thinnest of them all.


Plus all these features:

  • No wires between alarm and sensor.
  • DRI Sleeper® alarm unit size: 80 x 40 x 20mm (3 x 1.5 x 0.75 inches)
  • High volume with a tamper-proof volume adjustment.
  • Designed like a small ‘space rocket’ for child appeal.
  • The Urosensor™ can transmit to more than one DRI Sleeper® alarm unit, and so there can be another receiver in a parent’s or carer’s room.
  • Big detecting area to detect the urine.

How to use the Eclipse Wireless Bedwetting Alarm:

  • Put the Urosensor™ in the underwear.
  • Place the DRI Sleeper® alarm unit on a table away from the bed so the child has to wake completely to turn it off.
  • Switch on the DRI Sleeper® alarm and that’s all.

When the Urosensor™ is wet with the first drops of urine, it sends a radio signal to the extra loud DRI Sleeper® alarm unit and triggers the alarm treatment has begun.

Day time-wetting

Day-wetting usually appears in the form of dribbling of drops of urine in the clothes. It is often reported by parents that they observe their child making a physical effort to postpone a visit to the bathroom when engaged in some activity, (game, computer, TV, etc), by hopping from one leg to the other or by crossing legs. Although they are prompted to go to the bathroom, the child denies the need for it. Within minutes, the pants are wet. This could be very annoying. It is often interpreted as carelessness on the part of the child. In most cases, the day-wetting problem accompanies the bed-wetting night problem. The day-wetting problem disappears, as a result of alarm treatment of the bed-wetting problem.

Day wetting by itself (not accompanying bed-wetting) is very rare and very puzzling. Our experience shows that the most effective way to treat it is by posing on the child a strict schedule of visits to the bathroom every hour.

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