All A to Z Topics

Munchausen's syndrome by proxy

Syndication_logo
Introduction
Fabricated Or Induced Illness, also known as Munchausen's syndrome by Proxy, is a rare form of child abuse in which a parent or carer fakes or deliberately causes illness in their child. Learn more, including signs, diagnosis and treatment.
Signs of fabricated or induced illness
The following warning signs may indicate that a child may be being subjected to fabricated or induced
Causes of fabricated or induced illness
The causes of fabricated or induced illness (FII) are not fully understood, but previous traumatic experiences in the parent or carer's life can play an important role.
Diagnosing fabricated or induced illness
Diagnosing a case of fabricated or induced illness (FII) can be extremely difficult for medical professionals.
Treating fabricated or induced illness
The first aim in treating a child who has been affected by fabricated or induced illness (FII) is to restore them to good health.