In some situations, a parent may fabricate the illness of a child or may
intentionally make that child ill. Doctors and health care providers are
warned to be on the lookout for these types of situations. One doctor
says that the abusive situation is more common than we realize. The death
rate for children that are the victims of fabricated or forced illness
is about 6 to 9 percent. Also, about 6 to 9 percent of all children in
this situation suffer permanent injury and long-term disability.
Many physicians refer to this issue as Munchausen syndrome. Health care
professionals are warned to be suspicious if they see a child that has
a persistent or recurrent illness that can't be explained. If their
signs and symptoms don't seem believable, then this should be a cause
for concern. There is no typical fabricated illness. Some parents may
bring their child to the doctor of urinary tract infections, others of
seizures, others for bleeding, and some for attention-deficit disorder (ADD).
Doctors are warned to conduct very thorough examinations of children who
seem to always be in the doctor's office and to make sure that the
parent is not fabricating the illness for some reason. Also, physicians
need to always review a patient's previous medical records. In addition
to the medical concerns of Munchausen syndrome, there are some parental and
custodial concerns. If a parent constantly fabricates a child's illness, this can be
unhealthy for the child. As a result, the courts may choose to remove
the child from his or her home and place him or her in the foster care
system for safety.
Have you been confronted for this syndrome? Are you at risk of losing your
Get a Los Angeles family attorney on your side promptly.