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The difference between bedwetting alarms and THERAPEE/ By Dr. Jacob sagie and Tal Sagie
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The difference between bedwetting alarms and THERAPEE- an online  behavioral treatment


Bedwetting normally happens during deep sleep. Parents regularly attempt to treat their children with the utilization of a bedwetting (enuresis) alarm, only to find that the alarm wakes up everyone in the house aside from the enuretic child. In Dr. Sagie's bedwetting centers, parents reported that their child was a deep sleeper 97% of the time, yet the child still reacted well to the treatment offered. Bedwetting buzzers are not intended to make a child get up during the night to use the restroom. Unfortunately, this is a normal misconception held by many.

In reality, the purpose of a bedwetting treatment is to correctly condition the child's subconscious reflex system. Because it is subconscious, there is actually no need for the child to be woken up by a bedwetting alarm in order for treatment to be successful. Instead, the child should learn to subconsciously pick up on the alarm response and waking up to use the toilet. When the child does not wake up to the alarm itself, parents are instructed to try some techniques that are important in the reflex conditioning process.

It is approximated that the success rate of bedwetting treatment with alarm only, is between 40% and 50%. However, the truth remains that an alarm alone is not enough for most patients; instead, other techniques must be added as well.

Firstly, it should be established that a bedwetting treatment should not last any more than five to six months. In a situation where the treatment lasts longer, the child becomes too used to the alarm and, as a result, its effectiveness wears off. Furthermore, this can frustrate the child and make him or her feel like the confidence needed to succeed alone is lacking. Also, continuous failing of the alarm treatment on its own could have a negative impact on future success. Often times, failure to respond to bedwetting treatment starts with high skepticism and low confidence overall.

Taken as a whole, a bedwetting alarm does not have to wake a child  from sleeping to be useful in helping him or her to overcome enuresis. However, bedwetting treatment utilizing enuresis alarms alone is commonly not effective.

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