Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:13 am Post subject: Ferring Pharmaceuticals Announces Bed Wetting Alarms
A new bedwetting alarm, designed in Australia, holds promise for children who want to be dry at night and their parents.
Sydney, Australia, October 26, 2009 -- A new bedwetting alarm, designed in Australia, holds promise for children who want to be dry at night and their parents.
“Bedwetting is a stressful situation for children, not to mention their parents,” says Dr Gibbeson, a Paediatrician with a special interest in bedwetting. “One of the things that children most look forward to is sleep-overs and fun at friends’ houses. But that freedom doesn’t exist for kids who wet the bed. They become increasingly anxious about such invitations and the embarrassment to them if they do wet the bed.
“Now that the holiday season is over, and most families are resuming their normal routine, it’s the time to do something about bedwetting. And although many parents may have tried to help their child to stop wetting their bed at night, it may not necessarily have been the right way,” suggests Dr Gibbeson
“In Australia, a bed wetting alarm is recommended in the first instance as there is good evidence to show that they are effective in stopping bedwetting. Bedwetting alarms are usually recommended after six years of age to train children to become dry at night. There are two kinds of alarms: the pad and bell alarm which goes on the bed and the body worn alarm which can be attached onto the child’s pyjamas or nightie. The WetAlert® is a new body worn alarm and is portable so that it can be taken on holidays with the child, if necessary. It is a high quality device, designed and tested in Australia which is easy to use and affordable for families.
“It really is important that the child wants to be dry when using an alarm. And since alarms may take time and effort from the family and child, it is essential that everyone is understanding. When using a bedwetting alarm, such as the WetAlert®, the aim is to have fewer wet nights or smaller wet patches and when the child has at least 14 dry nights in a row, it is considered a treatment success.” says Dr Gibbeson
“It may take up to three months for bedwetting alarms to work and best results are achieved with the support of a healthcare professional. Bed wetting alarms are not suitable for all patients and not all patients will respond to an alarm. In these cases, it would be appropriate to consult a doctor as medication may be a suitable option.
“The key to success with a bedwetting alarm is correct use. This means for the first few nights, when the child wets the bed and the alarm goes off, the parent may have to go into the child’s bedroom, help them wake up if they’re not awake already (as some kids are very deep sleepers) and take them to the bathroom to finish going to the toilet. If the child is older, he or she should always be responsible for turning off the alarm.
“Bedwetting can be treated and summer is a great time to try. Seeking advice from a healthcare professional about alarm treatment and other treatments available would be the first step to take.” recommends Dr Gibbeson
The press release is a medical education initiative by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Sydney, Australia to provide information about bedwetting and its treatment. Please consult your doctor for further information. Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a Swiss-based research oriented company that specialises in products in the fields of Urology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Women’s Health. Amongst the bed wetting alarms available, Ferring supplies the WetAlert® bedwetting alarm. Information on the WetAlert® bed wetting alarm is available at www.wetalert.com.au.
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