Deep sleeping isn't a cause of bedwetting, but it is more common for children who sleep deeply to wet the bed, and may take longer to treat. Using a bedwetting alarm is still the best way to beat bedwetting. These special approaches will help your heavy sleeper become dry at night.
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Practice the alarm response when your child is awake.
Help your child understand the alarm's meaning by practicing and pretending.
Choose a wireless moisture sensor and alarm. The moisture sensor can go in the child's nightwear and the alarm with you up to 11 metres (35 feet) away. When the alarm goes, wake the child and make sure they get up and go to the bathroom.
There's also a wireless moisture sensor with two alarms if you want to put one near your child and keep one near you.
Wake your child gently. Wiping their face with a damp cloth works well.
It doesn't matter if the alarm or parent wakes the child. The child still learns the full-bladder feeling means wake up.
Use The Five Ps:
If you've been following our advice and not seeing more dry nights, don't give up - try these ideas.
Don't carry a child to the toilet without waking them (the Lifting technique). Studies show Lifting doesn't help stop bedwetting. It's the waking and taking action that helps kids learn.
Kids need to drink enough water to make their bladder grow stronger.
Give a 250 ml (8 fluid oz) glass of water six times a day. To help make a habit, use waking, meal times and getting home as cues to drink water.
Water is best - drinks with caffeine or sugar, including fruit juice, may dry the body.
Try giving your child a new word to remember each time the alarm sounds, and ask them for it the next day. By just trying to remember a word, and better, saying it back the next day, a child is making their brain learn while they wake and go to the toilet.
Add remembering the code word to your child's reward program so they know it matters.
Children often wet the first time, sometimes the only time, about 1½ hours after falling asleep.
Deep sleepers are often very hard to wake at this time. It's important they wake properly.
Always let the alarm go off. If your child doesn't wake to the sound, wake them gently by wiping their face with a damp cloth. Talk to them as they lie in bed until they wake up fully. It may take 5 to 10 minutes. Asking questions like 'What's your address?' can help you know when they're awake.
Even if they've fully emptied their bladder, it's important they still get out of bed, go to the bathroom, wash the moisture sensor, get a code word to remember and go back to bed. If they do this, the brain will learn to notice the full bladder in future and link it with waking.
Even if your child is hard to wake when the bedwetting alarm goes off, follow this process to make sure they wake fully.
For most kids, getting to be dry every night goes in stages.
If your child seems to lose their drive, add smaller successes to their reward program. As well as dry nights, reward wet nights when your child:
Picturing what it means to stop wetting the bed helps many kids. Try these ideas:
Rarely, deep-sleeping children who wet the bed have a medical problem, like:
In these cases, the medical problem needs treating first. If you think any of these may apply to your child, take them to a doctor.
If your child has a problem with heavy sleeping and bedwetting we haven't mentioned, we're here to help please ask our team.
Disclaimer: For information only. This communication is not intended nor recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professionals regarding any medical questions or conditions.