Information about the DRI Sleeper® bedwetting treatment alarms.
- How loud are the DRI Sleepers®?
- How does the Urosensor™ stay attached in the underwear?
- Why do you advise putting the Urosensor™ inside a minipad or pantyliner?
- Do I have to put the Urosensor™ in a mini pad or pantyliner?
- Why not just have a clip or a dome on the underwear?
- Can the Urosensor™ be used in a pull-up?
- How is the Urosensor™ cleaned?
- Do I need to buy a spare Urosensor™ as well?
- How long is the DRI Sleeper® Excel Urosensor™ wire?
- Is the DRI Sleeper®, electrically safe?
- How do the DRI Sleepers® turn on and off?
- What sort of batteries do the DRI Sleeper® use and how long do they last?
Anzacare has been certified to ISO 13485:2003 (the international quality certification for medical device manufacture).
Anzacare is the only manufacturer of bedwetting treatment alarms to have this certification; it´s your guarantee of quality and the highest level of customer support.
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Both the DRI Sleeper® Eclipse and DRI Sleeper® Excel have a volume control, but it is inside so that a child is not likely to see it readily and turn the volume down when you have left his or her bedroom.
Both are tuned to high volume (around 98 dBA at the ear) and rarely do parents want to turn them down.
The DRI Sleeper® Eclipse (wireless) because it can be put further away can be tuned to even higher volume (approximately 106 dBA), but it will switch off after 2 minutes and so there is no risk to hearing.
The Urosensor™ is put inside a mini pad or pantyliner (any inexpensive mini pad or pantyliner will do), and this is done by cutting a 1 inch slit in the absorbing layers towards the top or bottom edge of the mini pad or pantyliner. Put the point of the scissors inside the slit, and moving them backwards and forwards and downwards, create a tunnel inside the absorbing layers so that you can slip the detector inside. Although the Urosensor™ will usually stay inside the tunnel by itself, to ensure that it does not pull out, you can tape across the slit with a sticky tape. With the slit facing upwards, the mini pad or pantyliner is stuck into the crutch of the underwear using the sticky back surface of the pantyliner or mini pad.
Consistently we have found that putting the Urosensor™ in a mini pad is the most effective, because the mini pad provides a collecting area that is even wider than the Urosensor™, and it is very absorbing, and so quickly catches the urine and directs it onto the Urosensor™. You will also find that once your child is starting to respond to the DRI Sleeper® that only a patch on the minipad will get wet, not the underwear.
If you prefer not to use the mini pad or pantyliner, then the Urosensor™ can be put in between two pairs of underpants, or you can cut some rectangles of any cotton material and sew a rectangle into the crutch of the underwear, making sure that it is just wide enough for the detector to slip inside and to be reasonably tight. The opening will face upwards.
Over more than 25 years of treating bedwetting and developing bedwetting alarms, we have found that having a small detector, such as a clip or domes, attaching to underwear may appear to be an effective and simple way of attaching the detector, but in our experience it is too easy for boys in particular to miss the small clip or dome and so the alarm is not triggered. Clips and domes are also likely to come unclipped. For this reason, we developed Urosensors™ which are long enough and wide enough for the first amount of urine to trigger the alarm.
The Urosensor™ is suitable to use in a pull-up. Simply cut a 1 inch (25 millimetres) slit in the pull-up in the crutch area, insert the point of the scissors into the slit, and moving the scissors from side to side, make a small tunnel into which you can insert the detector. To make sure that the Urosensor™ stays in place, it can be useful to tape across the slit once you have put the detector inside.
The pull-up has granules which are designed to absorb liquid and may keep the Urosensor™ too dry and fail to trigger. In this case either ensure the Urosensor™ is as close to the surface of the pull-up as possible, or put in a minipad and stick that in the crutch of the pull-up.
The Urosensors™ are moulded units and so no urine or water can get inside. Therefore, it is simple to wash with soap and water, or if you want an even higher standard of hygiene, then you can clean it in alcohol (e.g., rubbing alcohol from any pharmacy).
1. DRI Sleeper® Excel (with plug-in Urosensor™). Think of the Urosensor™ as you would an earphone on a personal radio or an iPod. With reasonable care, the radio or iPod lasts for many years and so does the DRI Sleeper® alarm unit. However, the earphone is the consumable item of the iPod and personal radio and needs replacing from time to time. Just as people often have a spare earphone on hand, our advice is that a spare Urosensor™ is a good idea. Because the Urosensor™ is used by a child, the exact life of the Urosensor™ is hard to predict.
2. DRI Sleeper® Eclipse (wireless). The wireless Urosensor™ should not need replacing because it has no moving parts. The internal battery should give up to three years life, especially of it is “docked” on the DRI Sleeper® alarm unit when not in use.
The wire is 2.5 feet long (850 millimetres) and is suitable for children aged five years, through to young teenagers. For older children and adults the DRI Sleeper® Eclipse wireless model is more suitable because there is no wire connection.
How is the DRI Sleeper® alarm different from many other bedwetting the alarms?
The DRI Sleeper® alarms have special electronics. When the Urosensor™ is wet by urine, it triggers the alarm to start beeping, but then the Urosensor™ no longer has current running through it.
This is quite different from many other alarms, because with those alarms, all the time that the alarm is sounding, they have current flowing through the Urosensor™ and while this cannot cause a shock, it can cause the urine to become acidic and irritate sensitive skin.
In the case of the DRI Sleeper®, this cannot happen, because there is no current continuing to run in the Urosensor™.
The DRI Sleeper® Excel runs on six volts and the DRI Sleeper®, Eclipse on three volts. Both use only a tiny current, and are so safe that you can put the Urosensor™ on your tongue, and trigger the alarm, but you will feel nothing. For much less than a second a few microamps (which you can not feel) pass through the Urosensor™ and trigger the DRI Sleeper® alarm.
The DRI Sleeper® Eclipse has an on-off switch.
DRI Sleeper® Excel. The Urosensor™ plugs into the alarm unit and this switches it on so that it is ready to detect urine. When the alarm has been triggered by the urine, the alarm will keep on beeping until the Urosensor™ is unplugged from the DRI Sleeper® Excel alarm unit. This switches the alarm off, and also resets it ready to be switched on again when the Urosensor™ is plugged in.
DRI Sleeper® Excel. The batteries are 4 X 1.5 volt alkaline "button type" similar to those used in a calculator. (Panasonic LR 44 or equivalent, we put a sticker inside the battery compartment showing the equivalent ones which are suitable). They last at least a year and should not need changing.
DRI Sleeper® Eclipse. The DRI Sleeper® alarm unit has a Panasonic 2354 and this battery must be used in replacement. However, it lasts up to three years, and unless the DRI Sleeper® Eclipse has been used before by several people it will not need changing. The wireless Urosensor™ is sealed and the battery cannot be changed. However it will also last up to three years because of our special battery saving technology.