Parents Making Their Children Sick?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Who can forget the movie, The Sixth Sense with Haley Joel Osment; with his famous line, “I see dead people.” In the movie, the little girl ghost’s mother suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, this is when a caregiver deliberately induces health problems in a child. Although, it's rare for a parent to fabricate an illness in their child, a McMaster University researcher says physicians and other health professionals need to be on the alert for this form of child abuse.
The clinical report is by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect and its purpose is to alert and educate pediatricians and clinicians working in child health. Researchers recommend pediatricians to be suspicious when they see a child with a persistent or recurrent illness that can't be explained, especially where the symptoms do not seem credible.
For more information go to: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/08/20/peds.2013-2045.full.pdf+html
SOURCE: Pediatrics, August 2013
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