Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome: is a relatively uncommon condition that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of
illnesses or symptoms by a primary caretaker(parent) . One of the most harmful forms of child abuse, MBPS was named
after Baron von Munchausen, an 18th-century German dignitary known for telling outlandish stories.
About Muchausen By Proxy Syndrome:
In MBPS, an individual — usually a mother — Purposely makes the child (most often his or her own preschool child)
sick or convinces others that the person is sick( mostly a doctor and or nurse). The parent or caregiver convinces
others into thinking that the child has medical problems by lying and reporting episodes. He or she may exaggerate,
fabricate, or induce symptoms. As a result, doctors usually order tests, try different types of medications, and may
even hospitalize the child or perform surgery to determine the cause. Most of the time, to fully convince the doctor and
or nurse that the child is Ill , or has something wrong with them will deliperatly poison or harm the child phiscally as
well as mentally.
Typically, the parent(s) feels satisfied by gaining the attention and sympathy of doctors, nurses, and others who come
into contact with him or her and the child. Some experts believe that it isn't just the attention that's gained from the
"illness" of the child that drives this behavior, but also the satisfaction in being able to deceive individuals that
they consider to be more important and powerful than themselves.
Because the parent or caregiver appears to be so caring , often no one suspects any wrongdoing. A perplexing aspect of
the syndrome is the ability of the parent or caregiver to fool doctors. The parent familiar with the medical profession
and is very good at fooling the doctors. Even the most experienced doctors can miss the meaning of the child's symptoms.
It's not unusual for medical personnel to overlook the possibility of MBPS because it goes against the belief that a
parent or caregiver would never deliberately hurt his or her child.
It is a very stomach twisting disease, Fortionatly it can be helped by the person(s) going to theropy.
Causes of MBPS:
In some cases, the parents or caregivers themselves were abused ( physically and sexually as children.) They may have
come from families in which being sick was the only way the would get love. The parent's or caregiver's own personal
needs overcome his or her ability to see the child as a person with feelings and rights, possibly because the parent or
caregiver may have grown up being treated like he or she wasn't a person with rights or feelings.
Other theories say that Munchausen by proxy syndrome is a cry for help on the part of the parent or caregiver. They
maybe experiencing anxiety or depression. Some may feel a sense of acknowledgement when the doctor confirms their care
giving skills, the parent or caregiver may just enjoy the attention that the sick child therefore, he or she gets.
The suspected person may also have symptoms similar to the child's own medical problems or an illness history that's
puzzling and unusual. He or she frequently has an emotionally distant relationship with a spouse often fails to visit
the seriously ill child (or have contact with doctors.)
What Happens to the Child?:
In the most severe cases, parents or caregivers with MBPS may go to great lengths to make their children sick. When
cameras were placed in some children's hospital rooms, some caregivers were filmed switching medications, injecting kids
with urine to cause an infection, or placing drops of blood in urine specimens.
Some care giver or parent aggravate an existing problem, such as manipulating a wound so that it doesn't heal. One
parent discovered that scrubbing the child's skin with oven cleaner would cause a baffling, long-lasting rash.
Whatever the course, the child's symptoms don't happen when the parent isn't present, and they usually go away during
periods of separation from the parent. When confronted, the parent usually denies knowing how the illness occurred.
According to experts, conditions and symptoms that are created or faked by parents or caregivers with MBPS include:
failure to thrive, allergies, asthma, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and infections.
The long-term prognosis for these children depends on the degree of damage created by the parent and the amount of time
it takes to recognize (and/or) diagnose MBPS. Some extreme cases have been reported in which children developed
destructive skeletal changes, limps, mental retardation, brain damage, and blindness from symptoms caused by the parent
or caregiver. Often, these children require multiple surgeries, each with the risk for future medical problems.
If the child lives to be old enough to understand what's happening, the psychological damage can be significant. The
child may come to feel that he or she will only be loved when ill and may help the parent try to deceive doctors, using
self-abuse to avoid being abandoned.Some victims of MBPS later become perpetrators themselves.
Getting Help for the Child
If Munchausen by proxy syndrome is suspected.Health care providers are required by law to report their concerns. After
a parent or caregiver is charged, the child's symptoms may increase as the person who is accused attempts to prove the
presence of the illness. If the parent repeatedly denies the charges. The child should be removed from the home and
legal action should be taken on the child's behalf.
In some cases, the parent may deny the charges and move to another location. Then soon after moved to a new location
the parent continues the behavior. Even if the child is returned to the parent's custody while protective services are
still involved, the child may continue to be a victim of abuse. For these reasons, it's always advised that these cases
be resolved sooner than later.
Getting Help for the Parent or Caregiver:
Most often, abusive Munchausen by proxy syndrome cases are resolved in one of three ways:
the parent is apprehended
the parent moves on to a younger child when the previous victim is old enough to fend themselves.
To get help, the parent must admit to the abuse as well as seek psychological treatment. But if the parent doesn't
admit to the abuse, psychological treatment has little chances of succeeding. Psychotherapy depends on truth, and MBPS
perpetrators generally live in denial.