According to the literature, boys and girls are equally victimized in Munchausen’s Syndrome, and 77% to 90% of the time, the perpetrator is the child’s biological mother.  In addition, 29% of perpetrators have symptoms of Munchausen Syndrome themselves.

What the Victim Might Look Like:
  • Failure to thrive due to nutritional neglect
  • Child has a history of multiple hospitalizations
  • Is usually less than age 5 at the time of symptom onset
  • Has a deceased sibling or a sibling with a complicated medical history
  • Testing completed does not match the clinical picture of the child
  • Worsening of the symptoms reported by the caregiver, but not seen by the medical providers
  • May also exaggerate symptoms to obtain caregivers attention
  • Symptoms worsen upon discharge

For our newsletter and blog this month we are reviewing Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy. The blog topics for this month are:

  • Munchausen’s: Definition (10/2/15)
  • Munchausen’s: The Victim (10/9/15)
  • Munchausen’s: The Offender (10/16/15)
  • Munchausen’s: Criminal Implications  (10/23/15)

Note: To see all posts in this topic, click here

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