Caregivers’ perception and reported challenges experienced by children affected with nocturnal enuresis in Ibadan, Nigeria


  • Nwakaku B. Kuforiji Department of Nursing, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Okanlawon A. Funmilayo Department of Nursing, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Ndikom M. Chizoma Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria



Caregivers, Children, Nocturnal enuresis


Background: Nocturnal enuresis (NE) is bedwetting (BW) at night; it is a childhood problem that involves a large number of children. However, the study aimed at investigating caregivers’ perception, and challenges experienced by the children affected with NE in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Methods: The study utilized a descriptive case study to explore caregivers’ perceptions and challenges of NE on children and families using a multistage sampling technique to select 309 respondents. A semi-structured questionnaire was used in collecting data for this study and descriptive analysis statistics and Chi-square test were used for the analysis.

Results: The results showed that 86.5% perceived NE as a psychological problem, and 83.3% perceived that bedwetting can be a result of the spiritual spell, NE as a source of shame (87.3%), bedwetting as a serious behavioural problem (94.4%) and teenage bedwetting as abnormal (94.8%). The study also that that 35.7% of the children exhibited unruly attitudes, 23.8% were bullied, 100.0% felt nervous most times, 39.7% felt intimidated, and 47.6% will rather keep to themselves by not socializing.

Conclusions: The occurrence of nocturnal enuresis was high among children above ten years of age. Almost all caregivers perceived nocturnal enuresis as negative to the family. Hence, there is a need to design health promotion programs aimed at addressing these challenges and empowering both children and caregivers in the process for the resolution of the problem.


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How to Cite

Kuforiji, N. B., Funmilayo, O. A., & Chizoma, N. M. (2022). Caregivers’ perception and reported challenges experienced by children affected with nocturnal enuresis in Ibadan, Nigeria. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 9(9), 3378–3384.



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