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please could you tell me the symptoms of munchausens by proxy

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please could you tell me the symptoms of munchausens by proxy i.e. not the treatment of the children but rather the accusations etc. made against other family members. Thank you.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

this is a very very difficult situation to prove

Dr. David :

and the symptoms can be very very variable.

Dr. David :

who does the child live with most of the time?

Dr. David :

is the ex wife saying the daughter has medical problems or symptoms?

Dr. David :

you are right that MBP is very difficult to prove.

Dr. David :

has the child been examined by a pediatrician?

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.


This appears to be somewhat of a legal question, but this would not recategorized to legal.

So I will answer from a medial perspective and based on my experience over the years with MS and MSP [Munchausen's syndrome and by proxy].


The person you suspect of MSP would have to be diagnosed. The best way is if they seek help.


If the child was seen for medical problems that the doctor determined, or determines were induced by an adult, then MSP becomes a clear possibility and it is then a matter of proving who the perpetrator was, which is based on evidence collection and the legal process through the legal system.


The next step here would be to call the authorities after having the child talk to the doctor and to a child psychologist if needed, to see what happened.


As far as consequences to the perpetrator, these have a wide range, which can go from negligence to abuse and worse. On the other hand, the person with MSP is ill, so in many cases treatment is dictated.


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