"Nobody Asked Us if We Needed Help": Swedish parents experiences of enuresis.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Urology, ISSN 1477-5131, E-ISSN 1873-4898, Vol. 10, no 1, 74-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: To explore the everyday dilemmas of parents living with a child with nocturnal enuresis and to describe their support needs in relation to healthcare professionals.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study was conducted in 2011 in Uppsala County, Sweden. Parents of 13 children with enuresis, 10 mothers and three fathers, participated in qualitative semi-structured in-depth interviews, which were analysed using systematic text condensation.
RESULTS: The analysis of the material resulted in six themes: enuresis is socially stigmatising and handicapping; all practices and home remedies are tested; it creates frustration in the family; protecting the child from gossip or teasing; support from healthcare providers would have helped; it's something we just have to live with. Two patterns of coping were identified: the Unworried wet-bed-fixers and the Anxious night-launderers.
CONCLUSION: Having a child with enuresis can be stressful for parents, although they tried hard not to blame their child. Because parents can feel reluctant to bring up enuresis themselves, they want child health nurses to routinely raise the issue of bedwetting at the yearly check-up. Parents' information needs included causes of and available treatment options for enuresis as well as access to aids and other support for affected families.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 10, no 1, 74-79 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214619DOI: 10.1016/j.jpurol.2013.06.006PubMedID: 23849996OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-214619DiVA: diva2:769985