Introduction Enuresis is a common childhood problem and can be very stressful for both children and parents. Parental perception plays an important role on the nature of response to the child with enuresis. It has been shown that in different populations, there are several factors that influence parental response to enuresis. Therefore, extrapolation of findings from one population may not be appropriate for formulating treatment plans in another as a result of differences in culture or socioeconomic conditions. This report summarizes parental perceptions and responses to their children with enuresis in Jos Nigeria.
Methods This was a cross sectional study with survey of primary school children aged between five and 12 years. A multistage sampling technique was used with administration of questionnaires to parents of the recruited children.
Results Parents of 264 children completed and submitted their questionnaires. The children comprised of 111 (42%) males and 153 (58%) females. Enuresis was present in 34 (12.9%). Of the 264 parents 13 (4.9%) considered enuresis to be a medical problem but among the children with enuresis only six (17.6%) parents considered it so. Twenty four (70.6%) parents of the 34 children with enuresis said they were worried about their children’s problem but only one (2.9%) sought medical care. Twenty three
(67.6%) parents of the enuretic children punished them using different methods.
Conclusion Few parents of children with enuresis in this study perceived it a medical problem. Many still use harsh forms of punishments for enuresis control. Keywords: Enuresis, children, parents, perception, response, treatment
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