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Is there a cure for munchausen syndrome by proxy?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: There is treatment.

This syndrome is much studied, little understood & involves a parent or caretaker inducing physical symptoms in the child.
Often the caretaker has significant emotional or psychological issues of their own leading to actions they take causing physical symptoms. Treatment is complicated. Medical and social interventions are costly but stopping the behavior is the goal. Google the syndrome for more.

In brief: There is treatment.

This syndrome is much studied, little understood & involves a parent or caretaker inducing physical symptoms in the child.
Often the caretaker has significant emotional or psychological issues of their own leading to actions they take causing physical symptoms. Treatment is complicated. Medical and social interventions are costly but stopping the behavior is the goal. Google the syndrome for more.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Wow rare condition

I don't know if there is a good answer. This is when one individual, usually a parent, causes harm to another, usually a child, to minic physical illnesses for attention.
The child's "illnesses" improve when removed from the parent. You might call this a cure, but the perpetrator still has serious psychologic problems that need treatment, not to mention the distress in the victim.

In brief: Wow rare condition

I don't know if there is a good answer. This is when one individual, usually a parent, causes harm to another, usually a child, to minic physical illnesses for attention.
The child's "illnesses" improve when removed from the parent. You might call this a cure, but the perpetrator still has serious psychologic problems that need treatment, not to mention the distress in the victim.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
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Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Munchausens

Although they not be a cure the most important thing is find the pattern caused by the pattern to protect the child.
Once detected and the parent confronted the fear of an intervention by other family or child protective services. This syndrome is a severe and deadly form of child abuse because not only distorts the child concept of trust but also may lead to permanent physical injuries to child.

In brief: Munchausens

Although they not be a cure the most important thing is find the pattern caused by the pattern to protect the child.
Once detected and the parent confronted the fear of an intervention by other family or child protective services. This syndrome is a severe and deadly form of child abuse because not only distorts the child concept of trust but also may lead to permanent physical injuries to child.
Dr. Leonard Lado
Dr. Leonard Lado
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not Usually

This is an extremely difficult condition to treat, because the person involved (usually a parent) gains a high level of psychological satisfaction by keeping another person (usually a child) in the "sick role.
" these people generally do not seek help, and are not likely to admit to their difficulty, even when faced with clear evidence of their behavior.

In brief: Not Usually

This is an extremely difficult condition to treat, because the person involved (usually a parent) gains a high level of psychological satisfaction by keeping another person (usually a child) in the "sick role.
" these people generally do not seek help, and are not likely to admit to their difficulty, even when faced with clear evidence of their behavior.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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