When there is still no progress (and I guess it’s no comfort to you that not many children are in this category), a part of the learning to wake to the alarm is practised during the day.
Before you follow this routine make sure you know it well. Explain it to your child and make sure your child understands that this practice is teaching the brain to be ready to wake to the buzzer, and, that with practise your child's brain will get fast enough to beat the buzzer. Then he or she will have dry beds.
1. From dinner time on, have your child drink extra liquids. This may sound strange, but we are wanting to get plenty of practise at the routine of responding to the alarm.
2. Have your child tell you when he or she needs to go to the bathroom (you could call it having a “bladder signal” or any other term you like, as long as it is one that you have agreed on and you continue to use that term).
3. Immediately go with your child to the bedroom, have him or her lie on the bed, and pretend to be asleep. Plug in the Urosensor™ of the DRI Sleeper® Excel or switch on the DRI Sleeper® Eclipse.
4. When your child is relaxed, trigger the alarm by pressing and holding the flat blade of a stainless steel knife onto and across the sensor. Then your child is to get up and you both run to the bathroom, with the alarm still beeping.
5. Ask your child to unplug the Urosensor™ from the DRI Sleeper® Excel alarm box, or switch off the DRI Sleeper® Eclipse, just as would happen if this were during the night.
6. Have your child splash their face five times in a row with cold water. Then pretend to use the toilet for a few seconds as if to urinate, and have your child say, "I have a bladder signal (or whatever is the term you have agreed on), but I can wait to urinate."
Return to the bedroom and repeat four more times. If your child cannot hold off urinating, then let them urinate and then continue until you have practised five times in total.
If after a week your child is still not waking to the DRI Sleeper® alarm at night, then increase the number of repetitions to 10 times per evening. For more difficult cases go to 20 repetitions in the 3rd week.
If even this is not successful (and that’s very rare) leave it for a few months to allow more brain maturing and then start again.