Medical Child Abuse: “Not Really Sick?”

Link to "Not Really Sick? Doctors Warned About Bizarre Form of Child Abuse"
Link to “Not Really Sick? Doctors Warned About Bizarre Form of Child Abuse”

The report suggests doctors look for these things if they suspect a child has been a victim of induced or fabricated illness:

  • The diagnosis does not match the objective findings.
  • The signs or symptoms are bizarre.
  • The caregiver or suspected offender does not express relief or pleasure when told that a child is improving or does not have an illness.
  • Inconsistent histories of symptoms are provided by different observers.
  • The caregiver insists on invasive or painful procedures and hospitalizations.
  • The caregiver’s behavior does not match expressed distress or the report of symptoms.
  • The child’s sibling has had an unusual illness or death.
  • The caregiver publicly solicits sympathy, donations, or benefits because of the child’s illness.
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