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NEAT (Nocturnal Enuresis Alarm Therapy) Study

A study of a novel bedwetting alarm.

Bed-wetting affects about 10% of school aged children negatively impacting their social and emotional health, however, only one third of these children and families seek medical help for this debilitating problem. The usual line of treatment is using a bed-wetting alarm to train children to become dry at night, but unfortunately the alarms currently available are not effective for many children. The research team based at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead developed a wireless bedwetting alarm with novel features and then tested its effectiveness in a clinical trial setting.

The study was conducted from May 2009 to December 2010 and recruited 353 participants with significant bed-wetting to use either the new novel alarm or a commercially available alarm. After 16 weeks of treatment with their allocated alarm the participants were followed up for 12 months to monitor treatment success. When the results were analysed it was found that the novel alarm was more effective than the commercial alarm at waking children when they wet and was more effective than the control alarm at treating monosymptomatic enuresis.

Study Publications

A randomised controlled trial of a code-word enuresis alarm. Caldwell PH, Sureshkumar P, Kerr MI, Hamilton S , Teixeira-Pinto A, Macaskill P, Craig JC. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2016 Apr;101(4):326-31. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308564
[PubMed abstract]

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