Munchausen by Proxy - page 3

Hello all. I was wanting to know what you all thought about Munchausen by Proxy (MBP)? Have any of you ever came across a case of it and if so how did you proceed? And how can one really tell if it... Read More

  1. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by Dplear

    They end up on a neuro floor quite often because of what they do to the kids causes all sorts of developmental delays and seziures. Many of these kids are neurologically damaged for life even if the mothers are found out. Also the unit I am on is one of the smaller units in the hospital so we usually have real good staffing for closer watching. In Texas the courts take a dim view of secret monitering by video camera so it is hard to do.

    Oh, gosh, Dave, that is sooooo horrible!!! So, how do you handle it? Are the parents in most of those cases custodial, or have their rights been taken away? How are you able to interact with these monsters without losing it? I sure don't envy you your job; I sure couldn't do it.
  2. by   pajoopie1
    We had a terrible case of Munchausen by proxy. A teenage child on an adult unit. I wrote about it

    It was really sad and really disturbing. Just glad our docs caught it.

  3. by   JeanettePNP
    What surprises me is how long this goes on in some cases without anyone catching on. I guess we're conditioned to give parents the benefit of the doubt...
  4. by   pajoopie1
    In our case the mother had gone far enough to create false records so it was no surprise she was believed for so long. Sad that practitioners have to worry about something like this!