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Please describe the name of the disease where mothers harm their children on purpose for attention?

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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Munchausen by proxy

This is called munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Though the perpetrator is often the mother, sometimes it can also be the father or another caregiver. It is a psychiatric illness and a form of child abuse.

In brief: Munchausen by proxy

This is called munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Though the perpetrator is often the mother, sometimes it can also be the father or another caregiver. It is a psychiatric illness and a form of child abuse.
Brittany Chan
Brittany Chan
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Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Munchausen Syndrome

Munchausen syndrome is a real and serious disorder , and is important to be recognized to avoid unnecessary harm to a child.

In brief: Munchausen Syndrome

Munchausen syndrome is a real and serious disorder , and is important to be recognized to avoid unnecessary harm to a child.
Dr. Stefania Lima
Dr. Stefania Lima
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Munchausen "by proxy" would be more specific, since it's the mom harming the child rather than limiting behaviors to herself (plain Munchausen's Syndrome.)
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Munchausen Syndrome

This is called Munchausen Syndrome by Prozxy.
Why do you ask?

In brief: Munchausen Syndrome

This is called Munchausen Syndrome by Prozxy.
Why do you ask?
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
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