According to Asiri Comedy who became an author recently, the pranks he played made him wet his bed till SS3. He told Punch;
“Growing up, my parents were teachers; my mother was a talented geographer. She used to calculate my walking distance from home to school. I didn’t have the luxury of playing street football; I only used to watch it from the window. The only time I used to go out was on Sundays and it was to church. However, there was a day I wet my sister’s report card, which she had put on the couch. I had slept on it. At that point, I had issues with bed-wetting to the extent that they nicknamed me ‘Tomiwa.’ “I stopped bed-wetting in SS3. At the time, it was fun because it was part of my pranks. I just knew that when it was about 1 am, I must go and pee but I would not do it.
“My parents were bothered at a point and my grandma once came and brought something for me to drink, and instructed that once I drank it, I should not go outside again, but that day, I gave them double portion of bed-wetting.”
Asiri Comedy who advised parents with kids going through same, told them to stop stigmatizing their kids as it might leave their wards with low self-esteem.
“Basically, if it is a boy that has this problem, they should leave him alone. It is considered to be a medical problem but it gets to an age before it is termed as that as it could be a form of mannerism by the child.
“For instance, creative people tend to play pranks a lot which was the case for me. As for me, I used to imagine a scenario whereby my friends and I would go to play football and when we were returning in groups, there would be that one person in the gang that would say I want to pee, by resonance, I would also pee in reality.
“If you have a boy with this condition, don’t rub it in his face or stigmatise him, instead help him through it by waking him up at intervals in the night. Don’t stigmatise; if you do that, he will have low self-esteem and by the time he stops bed-wetting, the low self-esteem would still be there. Try your best to regulate it and it will resolve 90 per cent of the cases involved,” he said.