The main types of bedwetting alarms

bedwetting alarm

While there are many types of bedwetting alarms available on the market, most of them share the basic feature of an alarm that sounds in response to initial urine drops.

Broadly speaking, we can identify three types of alarms: buzzers (that are connected to the body with a wire); wireless buzzers; and “bell and pad.

Buzzer alarms

The bedwetting alarm is attached to the child’s pajamas and connected by a wire to a small moisture sensor, which is placed inside the child’s underwear.

🟩 Advantages:

  • Relatively cheap.
  • Small in size.

🟥 Disadvantages:

  • Not always safe, as the metal sensor can become corroded because of the acidity of the urine and may cause bruising to the skin.
  • Can cause skin irritation due to the child’s movement in bed.
  • As the alarm is attached to the body, the child can unintentionally disconnect it.
  • In some cases, the sound of the buzzer is not loud enough to activate the child’s reflex system. In some cases, the child’s blanket covers the alarm and dims its sound.

Wireless buzzer alarms

The difference from the typical wired buzzers is that wireless buzzers use a radio transmitter placed on the sensor plate on the lower. A radio receiver is installed in the alarm, which is attached to either the child’s pajamas or placed next to the child’s bed. When the child wets the bed, radio waves are transferred from the transmitter to the receiver, and the alarm is activated.

🟩 Advantages:

  • Relatively cheap.
  • Small in size.
  • Wireless.

🟥 Disadvantages:

  • Not completely safe – as placing a radio transmitter near and around the child can turn out to be very problematic.

Bell and pad alarms

Bell and pad bedwetting alarms are composed of two parts: the control unit (alarm) and a plastic detector pad, which is placed on the bed under the sheet.

🟩 Advantages:

  • The pad is attached to the alarm by a slim wire, which does not disturb the child in bed.
  • Doesn’t cause skin irritation, as no part touches the child’s body at all.
  • Doesn’t use dangerous radio waves.
  • Safe to use.

🟥 Disadvantages:

  • Not as cheap as the other types of alarms, as it costs more to manufacture.

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