PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How does a person with Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP) behave?

ANSWER

People with MSP may create or exaggerate a child's symptoms in several ways. They may lie about symptoms, alter tests (such as contaminating a urine sample), falsify medical records, or cause the symptoms themselves through various means, such as poisoning, suffocating, starving, or causing infection. Health care providers may not suspect the caregiver of doing anything to harm the child. In fact they often appear to be loving, caring and worried about the child's illness.

From: Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy WebMD Medical Reference

Sources:

MedlinePlus: "Munchausen syndrome by proxy."

KidsHealth: Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

Sources:

MedlinePlus: "Munchausen syndrome by proxy."

KidsHealth: Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What characteristics are common in a person with Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP)?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: