Parents have been warned by experts to stop the trend of beating their children for bed-wetting as they gave reasons why.
Two paediatricians on Tuesday advised parents against scolding children who bed-wet, saying they should see it as a health challenge.
They spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikorodu area of Lagos. An Online publication- emedicinehealth- says, “Bed-wetting, or nocturnal enuresis, refers to the unintentional passage of urine during sleep.
“Enuresis is the medical term for wetting, whether in the clothing during the day or in bed at night. Another name for enuresis is urinary incontinence.’’
In her remarks, Dr Arinola Aduloju of White Waters Hospital, Ikorodu, advised mothers not to punish their children when they bed wet, saying that the process to help them stop bed-wetting should not involve conflict.
Aduloju urged mothers to try to be patient and help their wards to treat it as a health challenge.
“Bed-wetting, or enuresis has many causes; your child’s nervous system may not have developed to allow the child night time control over his or her bladder.
“Sometimes, bed-wetting is not the child’s fault, so don’t scold your child, rather explain to him or her that you are trying to help to work on a solution.
“Your child may also have urinary tract troubles which make him or her to urinate more regularly,’’ she said.
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