Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy - Topic Overview
How is it treated?
Child protective services, law enforcement, and doctors are all involved in treatment for Munchausen
syndrome by proxy. Caregivers who have this condition need long-term
counseling. They may resist treatment or deny that
there is a problem. Medicines are used only when the caregiver has another
health problem, such as anxiety disorder, along with MSBP.
after treatment, caregivers may repeat their behavior. So doctors, counselors,
and family members need to closely watch how the caregiver interacts with his or her
For victims, the first step is to protect the child by
moving him or her into safe custody. Then a doctor will monitor the child for symptoms. Most
of the time, the child's symptoms stop after the child is away from the
caregiver. Some children need counseling or other help.
What should you do if you think someone has Munchausen syndrome by proxy?
MSBP is child abuse. If you suspect that a child is a
victim, don't confront the suspected caregiver. It might make the problem
worse. Instead, think about these options:
- Keep a journal of the child's symptoms and
other related events.
- Talk with your doctor about your
- Report your concerns to your local child welfare agency.
You can make a report without using your name (anonymous).