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Bedwetting Alarm FAQ

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Bedwetting Alarm FAQ

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The Chummie bedwetting alarm knowledge base contains an increasing array of bedwetting facts, alarm treatment options and frequently asked questions on bedwetting alarms, bedwetting treatment options, bedwetting solutions and more.

If you need to answer one or more of these questions: What is bedwetting? What are bedwetting facts and myths? How is bedwetting different in children and adults? What are my bedwetting treatment options? How can Chummie help me overcome bedwetting? and more…

These bedwetting facts and frequently asked questions’s have been written in response to our customer’s and parents requests.

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Select from the sections on the left to see list of frequently asked questions on bedwetting we have collected over years. We hope the facts and frequently asked questions on will be a valuable tool in helping you choose the right bedwetting treatment system for your child.

Disclaimer: These questions and answers are for informational purposes only. They should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Theos Medical Systems, Inc. has exercised all reasonable care in gathering this information. No warranty implied or otherwise, is made as to the accuracy of this information. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for precise diagnosis and treatment of any possible medical conditions.

About Bedwetting

What causes bed-wetting?

There are two kinds of bed-wetting:

  1. Primary bed-wetting – A pattern of heavy sleeping and producing high amounts of urine while asleep. (This is the kind 98% of bedwetters have.)
  2. Secondary bed-wetting – Bed-wetting caused by a physical or emotional problem. In this type, the child may start wetting after being dry for years. This type is very uncommon. Consult a doctor if you suspect this type.

Bed-wetting alarms, like Chummie, treat the most common type of bed-wetting – primary bed-wetting. Chummie is highly likely to help children who suffer from primary bed-wetting. Also, Chummie is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Don’t kids just have to “grow out of it”?

No! Bed-wetting is a treatable medical condition.

As such, it is covered by most medical insurances.

What will happen if we don’t provide treatment and let the bed-wetting continue?

Left untreated, most children will eventually stop wetting on their own. However, it may take many years. Some children may not stop until they are teenagers, and some will not stop without treatment and will continue bed-wetting as adults.

Most parents prefer to take action toward helping their children become dry (and prevent psychological damage) rather than just waiting and hoping it will go away.

Is there any risk or damage caused by letting the bed-wetting continue untreated?

The main goal of treating children with bed-wetting is to prevent psychosocial consequences. Bed-wetting is very embarrassing, and as such, can cause significant damage to the bed-wetter’s self-esteem. (This has been documented in scientific studies.) Low self-esteem can lead to difficulties adjusting in society, such as trouble making friends, not achieving higher levels of education and problems in the workplace. Children and teens who wet the bed also tend to avoid overnight social activities such as camp and sleepovers. Missing out on these activities can impair their social growth.

Bed-wetting does not cause serious physical harm. However, wetness can sometimes cause skin rashes.

Since bed-wetting is damaging to the child’s self esteem, expensive (for diapers and laundry) and inconvenient. There are no risks or side effects associated with using a bed-wetting alarm like Chummie, most parents of bed-wetters choose our alarm or mat to treat bed-wetting.

I wet my bed until I was a teenager. Does that mean my child will, too?

While bed-wetting has a hereditary component (it runs in the family), that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated. Chummie can help your child stop wetting the bed.

My child is constipated. Is that causing the bed-wetting?

Consult your doctor. Typically, making the bowels more regular will either help stop the bed-wetting directly, or make it possible for bed-wetting treatment to work.

Bedwetting Alarm Treatment

How does a bedwetting alarm work?

A bedwetting alarm system consists of the alarm unit and the sensor (which is worn on the child’s underwear). It uses a psychological principle called behavioral conditioning to teach the child’s sleeping brain:

  1. When the child begins to wet, the sensor detects moisture and tells the alarm to go off (making noise, flashing lights, and/or vibrating).
  2. When the alarm goes off, it wakes the child, who stops urinating until they can get to the bathroom to finish.
  3. Over time, the child’s brain learns to associate the urge to urinate with waking up, and begins to wake up on its own when there is a need to go so the alarm is no longer needed.

Are bedwetting alarms effective?

Bedwetting alarms (also called moisture alarms, enuresis alarms, conditioning alarms and potty alarms) are highly effective in stopping bedwetting. (In contrast, bedwetting medication only offers temporary relief that lasts as long as medication is taken. Also medication has risks and side effects).

According to Mayo Clinic, “Moisture alarms are highly effective, carry a low risk of relapse or side effects, and may provide a better long-term solution than medication does.”

Will a bedwetting alarm help my child?

Your child is a good candidate for Chummie bedwetting alarm treatment if:

  1. He/she is bothered by bedwetting and wants to stop.
  2. He/she is willing to wear the alarm regularly while sleeping and cooperate with treatment (get up when the alarm goes off to finish urinating in the bathroom, clean up, and reset the alarm).

Could Chummie work for my child if other bedwetting alarms have not helped?

Yes, Chummie may help your child even if other alarms have failed. Because of its One Drop Detection sensor, strong response options (vibration and light in addition to variable volume), and many advanced features.

Chummie has helped thousands of children stop bedwetting. We frequently hear from parents whose child had tried other brands of alarms unsuccessfully, before finally stopping bedwetting with Chummie.

Do alarms treat all bed wetters and all kinds of bedwetting?

There are two kinds of bedwetting:

  1. Primary bedwetting – A pattern of heavy sleeping and producing high amounts of urine while asleep. (This is the kind 98% of bedwetters have).
  2. Secondary bedwetting – Bedwetting caused by a physical or emotional problem. In this type, the child may start wetting after being dry for years. This type is very uncommon. Consult a doctor if you suspect this type.

Bedwetting alarms, like Chummie, treat the most common type of bedwetting – primary bedwetting. Chummie is highly likely to help children who suffer from primary bedwetting. Also, Chummie is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Does Chummie bedwetting alarm cure bedwetting permanently?

Contrary to what some competitors’ sites claim, no bedwetting alarm can promise to cure ALL children permanently. Most children will be ‘treated’ (remain permanently dry) after completing treatment. However, after becoming ‘dry’ (no wet beds for 14 nights in a row), a small percentage of children will ‘relapse,’ or start wetting again. If this happens, simply re-start Chummie alarm treatment. Treatment will likely be completed much faster the second time around.

Are bedwetting alarms safe?

Bed wetting alarms are very safe. Bed wetting alarms work by modifying behavior. Unlike drugs, there are no risks or side effects. Plus, Chummie offers additional comfort and safety features that some competitors’ alarms don’t have.

How long have bedwetting alarms been used?

Bedwetting alarms (also called enuresis alarms, potty alarms, moisture alarms, and conditioning alarms) have been used for decades. There are a number of alarms that have been on the market a long time, however many of they use out-of-date technology that does not work as well as Chummie’s cutting-edge technology.

How old does my child have to be to use a bedwetting alarm?

Bedwetting is treatable from the age of 4. Children can be treated for bedwetting as soon as it becomes a concern for them. Most children express concern by the age of 6.

Children can be treated as soon as:

  1. They show concern about their bed-wetting and are motivated to stop. (If a 4- or 5-year-old child is not bothered by their bed wetting, it’s ok to delay treatment. However, if your 4-year-old is unhappy about wetting the bed, they can use Chummie).
  2. They are not frightened when the alarm goes off.
  3. They are willing to wear the alarm regularly while sleeping and cooperate with treatment (get up when the alarm goes off to finish urinating in the bathroom, clean up, and reset the alarm.) Younger children may need help cleaning up and returning to bed.

There is no universally agreed-upon age at which children can start using an alarm to treat their bedwetting. Most doctors recommend bedwetting alarm treatment for children as young as 5. Some doctors recommend bedwetting alarms for children age 6 or 7+, because at that age nearly everyone considers bedwetting a problem and by that age most children are mature enough to respond to the alarm on their own.

Bedwetting alarms have been used effectively with children as young as 4. (Younger children may simply need help getting to the bathroom and cleaning up after an incident). Chummie is specially-designed to be easy enough for a 4-year-old to program.

Can Chummie bedwetting alarm help older children, adults and the elderly, too?

There is no age limit on who can use Chummie. It can help teenagers and adults with bedwetting issues. (Though people who are still wetting the bed at older ages have more severe bedwetting, and will likely take longer to treat). Also, caregivers for elderly persons with incontinence issues have used the alarm to alert them to when the older person has wet.

Is the Chummie bedwetting alarm loud enough to wake my deep sleeper?

Chummie bedwetting alarm was designed to be loud enough to wake even the deepest sleepers. Its loudest setting is very loud, but still within the safe range for not causing hearing damage. Chummie’s alarm tone is pulsed (at high frequency) to help the brain responds to the sound.

Chummie’s vibration mode has also been shown to wake children who sleep through the auditory (sound) alarm.

My child doesn’t wake up to an alarm clock, or even to a smoke detector? How will Chummie be able to wake him/her?

Chummie is likely to be more effective than an alarm clock or smoke detector for three reasons:

  1. Because it is worn on the child’s clothing, Chummie is much closer than an alarm clock, and will be louder. The child will also feel the vibrations and may be awoken by the flashing lights.
  2. Chummie’s alarm is triggered by the first drop of urine, so the child is likely to be in a sleep stage where they can be woken more easily.
  3. Chummie goes off just as the child is starting to urinate. The time the alarm clock goes off has no particular relationship to the child’s need to urinate.

How is the alarm going off different than me waking my child up during the night?

When parents wake their child at night to prevent bedwetting, it may help prevent wetting that specific night because their bladder is empty. However, it doesn’t help a child to stop bedwetting on other nights because the connection between the brain and the bladder has not been formed. It is important for the brain to realize that the bladder is full and either hold urine or wake up your child to use the bathroom. Chummie does that!

Bed Wetting Alarm Cleaning and Storage

How do I clean the Intelliflex sensor and cord?

  1. Wash the IntelliFlex sensor with black face up under tap water (hot or cold) to wash off urine for 5 seconds – DO NOT USE SOAP OR LIQUID DETERGENT.
  2. Rinse the IntelliFlex sensor cord under tap water (hot or cold) – DO NOT WASH THE PLUG (the end that goes into the alarm unit).
  3. Place the IntelliFlex sensor upside down and gently tap to remove water from the traces.
  4. Pat the sensor and cord dry with a towel or cloth – (Do NOT pull on the cord or sensor while drying. It could cause damage).

My Intelliflex sensor will not detect urine

  1. Over time, urine salts can build up on the sensor. To remove these, please follow the steps below.
  2. Disconnect IntelliFlex sensor from the alarm unit.
  3. Wash the IntelliFlex sensor with black face up under tap water (hot or cold) to wash off urine for 5 seconds.
  4. Rinse the IntelliFlex sensor cord under tap water (hot or cold) – DO NOT WASH THE PLUG (the end that goes into the alarm unit).
  5. Place the IntelliFlex sensor upside down and gently tap to remove water from the traces.
  6. Pat the sensor and cord dry with a towel or cloth – (Do NOT pull on the cord or sensor while drying. It could cause damage).
  7. Reinsert the IntelliFlex sensor into the alarm unit. The alarm unit will beep twice and lights will flash.
  8. Gently pinch the bottom of the IntelliFlex sensor so the black traces touch (fold on each other). The alarm unit will beep and lights will flash.
  9. Press the enable button and disconnect IntelliFlex sensor from the alarm unit.
  10. Your IntelliFlex sensor is ready to detect bedwetting accidents..

Where can I order more Chummie Flexitape or order an additional IntelliFlex sensor?

  1. Please visit the Chummiebedwettingalarm or contact us at (408) 239-4050 and we can help you place your order.

How do I clean the Chummie bed wetting alarm?

  1. If needed, wipe the dry Chummie bed wetting alarm with a pre-saturated alcohol wipes to disinfect it.

How do I store Chummie bed wetting alarm during the day?

For daytime storage, disconnect the sensor from the alarm unit. The alarm unit beeps once and enters standby (power save) mode.

Bedwetting Alarm Support

My bed-wetting alarm goes off sometimes, even though my child has not wet.

Be sure that you are affixing the sensor to the outside of the underwear (with the sensor facing in toward the child). If the sensor is inside the underwear, sweat may cause it to go off.

My child is wet, but the sensor does not respond.

Check the following things:

  • Confirm that the sensor plug is plugged in/attached firmly to the bed-wetting alarm. On occasion, a user may fail to push it in securely when putting the child to bed. It is also not uncommon for the child to disconnect the sensor themselves, either deliberately while awake or accidentally while asleep. If the child is pulling the sensor from the bed-wetting alarm in their sleep, one simple solution is to secure it with a rubber band.
  • If you pulled very hard on the cord, the internal pieces may have become separated. This type of user-caused damage is not a manufacturing fault and will not be replaced under warranty. Please contact us for a discount on purchasing a spare sensor.
  • If you have been using Chummie for more than a few months, try changing the batteries. (Bed-wetting alarm batteries should last more than a year, so this is rarely the problem.)
  • Look inside the battery compartment. If the batteries are rusty or there are signs of corrosion on the circuit board, then the bed-wetting alarm has gotten wet and the circuits have been damaged. (This generally happens when the unit has been accidentally put through the wash or dropped in the toilet. This type of user-caused damage is not a manufacturing fault and will not be replaced under warranty. Please contact us for a discount on purchasing a new alarm.

If the child is deliberately unplugging or damaging the bed-wetting alarm, consult with a child psychologist.

The moisture sensor doesn’t seem to be as sensitive as it was originally.

  1. Wash the IntelliFlex sensor with black face up under tap water (hot or cold) to wash off urine for 5 seconds – DO NOT USE SOAP OR LIQUID DETERGENT.
  2. Rinse the IntelliFlex sensor cord under tap water (hot or cold) – DO NOT WASH THE PLUG (the end that goes into the alarm unit).
  3. Place the IntelliFlex sensor upside down and gently tap to remove water from the traces.
  4. Pat the sensor and cord dry with a towel or cloth – (Do NOT pull on the cord or sensor while drying. It could cause damage).

Bedwetting Alarm Ordering And Shipping

Which credit cards and payment methods do you accept?

  • Credit cards (Domestic and International): Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover
  • PayPal
  • Bill me later
  • Please contact us to make arrangements if you’d like to pay by check or money order

Alternative, you can purchase a Chummie bedwetting alarm by calling us at (408) 599-3020.

How do I know my credit card information is safe?

When purchasing on Chummiebedwettingalarm.com, your information is protected via several methods:

  • Chummie store uses SSL (Secure Socket Layer), a secure means for handling your online order.
  • In addition, most credit card companies provide additional safeguards to protect your online transaction.

How will the charge appear on my statement?

The charge will appear as Theos Medical Systems DBA Bedwetting Alarm

Do you charge sales tax?

For phone, mail, fax or Internet orders, we are required to collect sales tax for California residents.

When is my order processed?

Orders are typically processed and shipped on the very same day for orders placed before 10am PST. For detailed shipping policy, please click

Can I cancel my order after it has been submitted?

If we have not yet shipped your order, you can request a change or cancel your order. Call us at 1-408-239-4050. Please have your order transaction number ready. If your order has already shipped, you may return the unused item(s) within 30 days for a full refund, minus delivery costs. See our Returns and Exchanges section.

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping charges for orders are calculated automatically when you proceed to checkout for online orders, or when you place your order over the phone. When ordering by mail or fax, you’ll need to enter the amount in the appropriate box on your order form. Shipping and handling costs for fax/mail orders are identified on the order form.

How long will my Chummie take to arrive?

For orders placed online, you will receive an e-mail confirmation notifying you once your order is shipped.

All order shipments are subject to product availability and receipt of complete customer order, billing, and shipping information. Shipments are also pending weather restrictions or natural disasters. Please see our detailed shipping policy for complete information.

How can I check the status of my order?

If you have any question about your order, including order status, click here and fill up the Order Status form Please include your name, phone number, email address, date of purchase and order number so that we may assist you as quickly as possible.

How is the package marked on the outside?

Packages are discreetly shipped using USPS/FedEx/UPS/DHL boxes. If you have concerns about privacy, please contact us and we will be happy to ship your Chummie in a discreetly wrapped box.

Note: Packages sent to international and APO addresses require us to list the contents of the package on the customs form.

How do I return an item I don’t need?

You may return your un-opened, un-used Chummie in its original packaging within 30 days for a full refund. Shipping and handling costs are not refundable. Contact us for a return merchandise (RMA) number before shipping. You may call, email or contact us using the returns request form and click on the Return and Exchanges tab. For sanitary reasons, we cannot accept returns of used alarms, sensors or accessories. Please carefully pack all items to be returned in original packaging. The customer is responsible for return shipping costs, and for using a shipping method that can be tracked and insured.

What if I have a problem with my Chummie product?

Consult the frequently asked questions section on this site to find common questions and suggestions. If you don’t find a solution for your issue and need additional help, call us at1-408-239-4050, or click here and click on the Technical Assistance tab.

Who do I contact about warranty repairs?

See our warranty section here.

How will you use my personal information?

We respect your privacy. We will not use any information you provide to us for purposes other than to contact you about your order, or to notify you of other products from our company that we believe may be of interest to you, unless you have explicitly given us permission to do so. For more information, see our privacy policy.

Buy A Bedwetting Alarm

Are all bedwetting alarms basically the same? Where do I Buy a Bedwetting Alarm?

All bedwetting alarms are designed to detect urine and wake the child upon urination so that the child learns to wake on their own whenever there is a need to urinate.

However, alarms differ in many ways:

  • Reliability of urine detection (sensor sensitivity)
  • Alarm strength (strong enough volume and vibration support for deep sleepers)
  • Alarm options (variable tones and availability of light and discreet vibration)
  • Safety
  • Comfort, compact size, and secure fit
  • Quality & durability
  • Ease of use
  • Warranty and guarantee

A weaker, more basic alarm may be enough for some children. However, there is no way to know if your child will respond until you have tried it, and most other alarms are not covered by a guarantee. Most parents prefer not to waste money (and time) taking their chances on a minimalistic alarm that may or may not work.

Is Chummie worth the money?

Yes! In fact, Chummie can save you money (and the environment) because you won’t be spending a bundle on night diapers and doing lots of extra laundry. You and your child will also benefit from extra sleep. Finally, you can’t put a price on your child’s self-esteem.

Because Chummie works fast, your child will complete the treatment soon. This means you will save time, frustration, and money you would have spent on diapers and laundry.

The Chummie bedwetting alarm has earned FDA registration. Why is that important?

The official United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) registration is required of all medical devices. Chummie is a bedwetting alarm also called enuresis alarm which is a Class II medical device.  The FDA looks carefully at the quality management system and manufacturing process. FDA registration may imply that that the product meets strict quality standards for a medical device and is safe.

Also, Chummie bedwetting alarms are manufactured in ISO 9001 accredited facility.

How SAFE is Chummie compared to other bedwetting alarms?

While bedwetting alarms overall are a very safe treatment option, Chummie offers a set of safety features:

  • Advanced safety algorithms to ensure that there is no skin irritation
  • Soft silicone sensor that conforms to body contors for maximum comfort.

Chummie is also RoHS compliant which means it free of harmful toxic chemicals.

Buy Chummie Bedwetting Alarm

Does my child need a prescription for us to buy Chummie bedwetting alarm?

No, Chummie is available ‘over the counter’ without a prescription.

Is the Chummie bedwetting alarm covered by insurance?

The Chummie Bedwetting alarms are covered by most insurance plans. They are generally considered “medically necessary durable medical equipment”. The HCPCS (billing) code for enuresis (bedwetting) alarms is S8270. The diagnosis code for primary nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) is 788.36.

All plans are different, so you will need to check with your individual plan about the enrollee’s specific benefit. Some plans require a normal physical exam and urine test to rule out rare physical problems prior to agreeing to cover an alarm, or have other coverage determination guidelines, such as the child’s age and frequency of wetting. Some plans will want you to get a doctor’s prescription (even though you can buy a Chummie without a prescription).

If your insurance plan covers this bedwetting treatment, you will need to submit your receipt to your plan for reimbursement.

What if I don’t have insurance?

Even if you don’t have insurance, parents will tell you that buying a Chummie is money well-spent. Chummie can actually save you money because it will eliminate the need to buy expensive night diapers and you will save money on laundry. Plus, you can’t put a price on your child’s self-esteem and the convenience and uninterrupted sleep Chummie makes possible. If you are unable to afford a Chummie on your own, please enroll in the Chummie purchase assistance program.

Is Chummie bedwetting alarm covered under FSA’s (Flexible Spending, or “Pre-Tax” Spending Accounts)?

Yes, bedwetting alarms are a FSA-eligible expense.

Do I need an extra sensor?

The Intelliflex sensor is designed to be durable, and should last the entire length of treatment. (Unlike some other sensors, which corrode in a few weeks and may need to be replaced.) You don’t have to worry about spending money on replacement sensors over time.

Some parents purchase a second sensor because they like the convenience of having a spare sensor available so they can quickly change sensors during the night and return to bed, and can clean the used sensor in the morning.

Bedwetting Alarm Settings

Which Chummie bedwetting alarm settings should I try first?

You may choose any tone you wish. Turn the volume to the loudest setting. Turn vibration on.

Can I use both the sound and vibration together?

Yes. In fact, it’s best to start the treatment with both sound and vibration. Gradually, as your child starts having dry nights, you can turn off the vibration. If your child does not wake up to the alarm one night, add the vibration again.

The vibration only option (discreet mode) should be used only when quiet is absolutely necessary, such as when your child is at a sleepover.

Which volume level should I try first?

Always start treatment at the highest volume. The lower volume should be used only once your child has started having several dry nights in a row.

Will the alarm be more effective at higher volumes?

The high volume is more effective at start of the treatment. As treatment is progressing, and the child’s brain is learning to wake on its own, the alarm should be set at a lower volume.

Is the loudest volume setting safe for my child’s hearing?

Yes, Chummie’s loudest setting is still within the safe range.
Note: Beware of some competitors’ alarms, which have volume loud enough that may cause hearing damage!

Why are there different tones? Is it so I can choose the one my child likes best?

Having a variety of different tones available helps to prevent auditory accommodation – the child “getting used to” the sound of a tone and beginning to ignore/sleep through it. We recommend that you change tones each night.

Which tone is most effective?

All tones are equally effective.

Why is there a vibration option?

Chummie gives you the option to turn off the sound and use lights and vibration only. We call this the ‘discreet option’, because it enables the child to use the alarm without others knowing when it goes off. The discreet option should be used when the child is away at sleepovers and camp.

Can we use the vibration option by itself all the time?

On normal nights at home, we recommend using the vibration together with the sound for maximum waking power.

Chummie Bedwetting Alarm and Deep Sleepers

What if the Chummie alarm does not wake my deep sleeper child?

  • Increase the volume.
  • Change the tone selection. Some children become accustomed to one tone and sleep through it. Chummie was designed with eight different tone options to help overcome this.
  • Add the vibration option – It’s often effective with children who did not wake to the sounds.

If your child is an extremely deep sleeper and still manages to sleep through the alarm after you have followed the above instructions, he or she may need your help in the beginning:

  • When the alarm goes off, quickly go into your child’s room.
  • If the child is awake, remind them to get up and finish in the bathroom.
  • If the child is still awake, turn on the light and say their name.
  • If they still do not wake, you can rub their arm or wipe their face with a damp cloth. Do whatever it takes to wake them.

Do not turn the alarm off. Make your child wake and turn the alarm off themselves.

What else can I do to help my deep sleeper child wake to the alarm?

If your child is not waking to the alarm on his/her own, you can try something called “priming” the brain. Priming basically means helping your brain to remember to do something in the future. To help prime your child’s brain for waking to the alarm, practice the waking routine before going to bed. (You may have done practice runs like this before you used the alarm the first night).

1) Tell your child you are going to practice so their brain knows what to do when the alarm goes off during the night.
2) Have your child get into their bed and pretend to be asleep.
3) Drip a bit of water on the sensor to make the alarm go off. (The sensor does not have to be inside the underwear during these practice sessions).
4) Have the child pretend to wake up right away and walk to the bathroom to turn off the alarm and finish urinating.

Do this a few times each night before the child sleeps until they begin to wake on their own. Doing this practice before going to sleep will prime (help) the child’s brain learn the connection between the alarm going off and waking to go to the bathroom, so the child will wake when it goes off during the night.

Remember to maintain a supportive and positive attitude so that your child believes he/she can be successful.

What if we tried priming, but my deep sleeper child still isn’t waking on his/her own?

Your situation is rare, but we are still confident that your child can be successful with Chummie. Let’s try some extra practice that will strengthen the child’s brain’s connection between the alarm and needing to urinate. We will use priming again, but this time, we will do a DELUXE priming activity – while the child really DOES have to urinate (rather than just pretending).

1) Tell your child that you are going to work on teaching their brain that the alarm going off means ‘go to the bathroom.’
2) Have your child drink lots of liquids. (This may sound strange, but we WANT your child to urinate so that you can get lots of practice responding to the alarm).
3) Have your child tell you when they need to urinate.
4) When your child says they need to urinate, immediately go with your child to the bedroom and have them put on the alarm unit (with the sensor cord hanging off of it), and lie down on the bed and pretend to be asleep.
5) Once your child is relaxed and pretending to be asleep, drip some water on the sensor to make the alarm go off.
6) Your child should get up right away and RUSH to the bathroom as quickly as possible. (Rushing helps to establish the need for urgency in responding to the alarm). Have them say “I need to use the toilet (or go pee, or whatever…), but I can hold it.” Have them to urinate. After urinating, the child can shut off the alarm and return to bed. Practice steps 5 & 6 up to five more times over a week. (the more the better, or until your child tells you he/she can’t keep holding it anymore, and you let them urinate for real.)

Practicing this routine while the child really does need to urinate helps to establish the connection between the alarm and needing to urinate.

We tried the priming and the deluxe priming, but my child still isn’t waking on his/her own.

Note: It is very unusual to still have trouble after completing the priming activity. Try this:

  • Repeat the deluxe priming activity 10 times over a period of 2 weeks.
  • If your child is still not waking on their own to the alarm (extremely rare) discontinue alarm treatment. Wait a few months (this will allow the brain to mature some more) and then try again.

We have been using Chummie for three months and no progress.

  • Check that the unit is functioning: First, check the sensor under a small amount of water to see if it responds. If the sensor cord is connected properly to the alarm unit, and the sensor does not respond to some water, try changing the batteries.
  • Check the settings: If your child has been sleeping through the alarm, verify that you have tried the loudest volume.
  • If Chummie seems to be functioning normally, your child may be in the 2% of bedwetter’s who have the type of bedwetting called ‘secondary bedwetting.’ Bedwetting alarms are not usually effective with this type. This type of bedwetting may be a sign of an underlying physical or emotional problem. Please consult with your doctor.

Bedwetting Alarm Operation

At what point should the alarm be turned off after it has been triggered?

Your child can turn off the Chummie bedwettng alarm after he/she is out of bed and on his/her way to the bathroom, or after he/she is finished urinating.

If your child has been sleeping through the alarm, let it stay on until your child is finished urinating in the toilet. Leaving the alarm on during the extra time will help strengthen the connection between the alarm and needing to wake, so that your child will begin to wake on his/her own.

Note: Never turn the alarm off for your child.

How do I turn off an alarm?

Chummie Bedwetting Alarm operation turn off is a two step process. This is intentional as it makes it difficult for the child to turn the alarm off without waking up.

First, briefly press the enable button. (This will silence the alarm for 1 minutes). Next, unplug the sensor from the alarm unit.

Should parents help a child during the night?

It depends on your child – their age, and how deeply they sleep:

  • Younger children: Children age 4-6 will likely need a parent’s help to get to the bathroom and clean and re-start the sensor. Older children are typically able to get to the bathroom to finish urinating, change, clean, restart the alarm system and return to bed on their own without waking the parents. If your child is able to do this on their own, there is no need to wake the parents.
  • Very deep sleepers: In the beginning, a small number of children who are extremely deep sleepers may have trouble waking completely to the alarm on their own. Initially, a parent will need to help wake their child and lead them to the bathroom. Even though your child does not waking on their own yet, the brain is still learning, and after some time the child will begin to wake on their own. Chummie is designed to be strong enough to wake even the deepest sleepers, so most children are able to manage on their own. Also, Chummie’s strong vibration frequently wakes deep sleepers who fail to wake to an audible alarm.

Our child’s room is far from ours, so we can’t hear the alarm go off.

Temporarily arranging sleeping quarters is usually impractical and not a preferred solution, so many parents in this situation will use a simple baby monitor.

Should the child change their own sheets after a wetting incident?

Children can participate in cleanup as appropriate to their age. A 6 year old shouldn’t be expected to change sheets by themselves, while a teenager is perfectly capable of taking care of this on their own if they want to.

Children cannot consciously control their bedwetting, so making them change their sheets as a punishment will not help them stop wetting the bed.

Should the child change their own sheets after a wetting incident?

Children can participate in cleanup as appropriate to their age. A 6 year old shouldn’t be expected to change sheets by themselves, while a teenager is perfectly capable of taking care of this on their own if they want to.

Children cannot consciously control their bedwetting, so making them change their sheets as a punishment will not help them stop wetting the bed.

Should the child change their own sheets after a wetting incident?

Children can participate in cleanup as appropriate to their age. A 6 year old shouldn’t be expected to change sheets by themselves, while a teenager is perfectly capable of taking care of this on their own if they want to.

Children cannot consciously control their bedwetting, so making them change their sheets as a punishment will not help them stop wetting the bed.

Should the child change their own sheets after a wetting incident?

Children can participate in cleanup as appropriate to their age. A 6 year old shouldn’t be expected to change sheets by themselves, while a teenager is perfectly capable of taking care of this on their own if they want to.

Children cannot consciously control their bedwetting, so making them change their sheets as a punishment will not help them stop wetting the bed.

Bedwetting Alarm Treatment Progress

How quickly does Chummie Bedwetting Alarm Treatment work?

Chummie starts working from the very first night it is triggered. However, the learning process will take some time. In the beginning, parents may need to help wake children who are very deep sleepers and lead them to the bathroom. The child’s brain is already learning, even if they didn’t yet wake on their own.

How do I know if Chummie is working?

Some signs of significant progress are:

  • Your child wakes to the alarm.
  • Your child reacts more and more quickly to the alarm going off. (i.e. the bed will be less wet).
  • Your  child begins to ‘beat the alarm’ – waking up before they start to urinate. This shows that Chummie has taught your child’s brain to respond to the sensation of the bladder filling. Keep using Chummie until your child has been able to sleep for 14 days in a row without triggering the alarm or wetting.

My child did not wake up to the Chummie alarm and slept through it for more than a week. Should I stop the bedwetting alarm treatment?

No, keep using Chummie! Kids who are extremely deep sleepers may sleep though the alarm for the first 1-2 weeks. Even if the parent wakes them, they are still learning from the alarm. After some time, the child will begin waking on their own.

How long does a typical bedwetting alarm treatment take?

When using Chummie consistently, it takes most children between 7-10 weeks to stop wetting.

Many factors can affect treatment time, including: age (older children typically need more time); gender; weight; sleep pattern; and family history of bedwetting. Some children may stop wetting after a week, while others may need a few months. Each child is different. To ensure maximum treatment speed and effectiveness, make sure that your child is using Chummie each and every night.

How long do results last?

In most cases, bedwetting will be permanently stopped.

My child stopped bedwetting. Do they need to keep wearing Chummie to stay dry?

No, Chummie works by training your child’s brain to wake when there is a need to urinate. If your child has been dry for 14 nights in a row, their brain has been successfully trained. The child can sleep without Chummie.

What is relapse? What should I do if my child relapses?

A small percentage of children begin to wet again after being dry for 14 consecutive nights. This is called a relapse. Simply start using Chummie again, just as you did the first time. Treatment will likely take less time this time around.

Note: Wetting the bed again after being dry for months or years can be a sign of an underlying physical or emotional problem. Consult your doctor.

What can we do to prevent a relapse?

To help prevent a relapse, you can try a technique called ‘over learning.’ After your child has been dry 14 nights in a row:

1) Tell your child to drink a big glass of water about 30 minutes before bedtime. (This will cause them to have to urinate a few hours after going to bed. Your child will either wet the bed, or wake up on their own. Whether the child is able to “beat the alarm” or not, this gives more opportunities for learning to respond to a full bladder).

2) If your child has been dry for 14 nights, even after drinking the extra water before bedtime, your child can stop wearing Chummie.

My child is dry! How should I dispose Chummie?

Keep Chummie for a few months in case your child has a relapse. If your child is still dry after several months, you can send us your used Chummie for the Donate your Chummie Program to be refurbished and given to less privileged children.

Should I hold on to my Chummie in case my younger child wet the bed someday?

It’s up to you whether you want to store it somewhere just in case. The IntelliFlex sensor is designed to last several years if cared for properly. However, most children dislike hand-me-downs. We recommend using a new sensor for each child for hygienic reasons.

Daytime Wetting And Potty Training

Can my child use Chummie for daytime wetting and be worn during the day?

Yes, Chummie can be worn during the day, and offers a discreet vibration-only setting the child can use privately. Because of its One Drop Detection, Chummie can discreetly alert the child to their wetting so they can stop before their clothes become noticeably wet.

Can Chummie help my child with special needs with toilet training?

Yes, Chummie can help children, including those with special needs. We recommend using the Chummie Pro Bedwetting Alarm.

Diapers for Bedwetting

Can my child still wear PullUps Diapers at night?

Yes, however, diapers or waterproof pants must be worn over underwear. Diapers are waterproof. The IntelliFlex sensor must be placed on the outside of regular fabric underwear that moisture can permeate in order to trigger it right away upon wetting.

While night diapers help protect the bed, the vast majority of pediatricians and nurses feel that night diapers should not be worn because they “give the wrong message” that it is okay to wet at night and not get up and use the toilet.

Should my child also take medicine for bedwetting while doing alarm treatment?

Some doctors do not recommend using medication at all because of medication side effects . Also, medication only helps temporarily while it is taken. It doesn’t do anything to help address the cause of bedwetting, which is how the child’s brain responds to the body’s bladder signal.

Most doctors say it’s ok if your child wants to take bedwetting medicine for a special occasion, such as a sleepover, to help prevent bedwetting.

However, on normal nights at home, it’s much better to just let the bladder function normally and use the alarm by itself, and get right to treating the real source of the bedwetting by teaching the child’s brain how to respond to the full bladder signal.

Do bladder exercises help?

There is no evidence to support the idea that forcing a child to “hold it” to experience discomfort or try to stretch their bladder will help them stop wetting at night. Also, this practice could be psychologically damaging and cause voiding dysfunction later in life.

Encourage And Motivate Children

How can parents support and motivate children during the treatment process?

  • DO praise your child for participating in the treatment – wearing the alarm properly, cleaning the soiled sensor after a wetting incident, etc.
  • DO give encouragement: Praise your child when they wake to the alarm and for waking faster and faster (having smaller wet spots). Encourage your child to try to ‘beat the buzzer’ – waking up when the bladder is full, but before they have begun to urinate in bed. Praise them when they have a dry night.
  • DO help the child stay motivated: Help your child stay motivated by recording their progress on the included progress diary i.e. by coloring the appropriate characters and stars.

Do we have to use the reward system?

A motivation system is an important part of bedwetting treatment because it encourages and motivates children throughout the treatment process. The reward components of the Chummie bedwetting treatment alarm system were designed with the help of a child psychologist specifically for bedwetting treatment. Included with your Chummie alarm you will find a progress diary and an achievement certificate. When you use these reward components, the child will feel supported and will be excited by the progress they see themselves making.

Should I offer my child other rewards also?

It is not necessary. If you wish to offer additional rewards, remember that your child cannot control what happens while they are asleep. They do not wet the bed on purpose. Instead, reward their cooperation with wearing the Chummie bedwetting alarm and getting out of bed quickly when the alarm goes off.

Any additional rewards should be modest. Significant awards could interfere with the child’s sleep and treatment, because he/she tries not to sleep so they are sure not to wet and can ‘win’ the reward. This will not help your child overcome bedwetting, and will likely result in a very tired child the next day.

Should we punish our child if they wet the bed?

Absolutely not! Never criticize your child for bedwetting. A child cannot control their bedwetting, so punishment will not help.

In fact, punishing the child can be counterproductive; An anxious or fearful child will be less able to cooperate with treatment. Also, some children may not sleep well if they are afraid that they’ll wet the bed.

How else can we help our child feel better about themselves while they are learning to stop bedwetting?

There are lots of ways parents can help their child feel less stressed during the treatment process:

  • Remind your child that bedwetting is nobody’s fault.
  • Let children know that lots of kids have the same problem.
  • Remind your child that Chummie is teaching them to wake when they need to go during the night, and soon he/she will be dry.
  • Do not allow your child’s siblings to tease him/her about wetting the bed.
  • Let your child know if anyone in the family wet the bed growing up.
  • Maintain a low-key attitude after wetting episodes.
  • Praise the child when they help clean up after a setting episode (washing the sensor, stripping the bed, putting sheets in the washer, etc.).

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