YES! I have noticed this as well. I have wondered if there could be another term for this. It isn't exactly MBP but like many have said it's borderline.
What I have noticed is lots of perseverating on truly small things and minor details. I had a kid come in for me to check her bug bite because "mom was worried and because she's never seen anything like it before"
Ummm... it was literally an ordinary bug bite. Not a thing weird about it.
I chuckled and thought the kid was probably being silly and sent her back to class. Well sure enough, her mother called about 30 minutes later asking me to check the bug bite, stated the exact phrase"it's like nothing I've ever seen before", was ready to make an emergency doctor's appointment, was talking with a shaky voice and on the verge of tears. I explained as nicely as possible that it was an ordinary bug bite, displaying normal healing and was absolutely nothing to be concerned about. She then said the reason she was so concerned was because of the "red ring around it". Um, no. There was no red ring. Nothing. Just a little scab where it had been scratched. I don't think this lady was making it up. I believe she actually saw a red ring. I think it is some sort of perception disorder related to anxiety.
And that is what I we are seeing more and more. They run to a doctor's appointment for the slightest fever, one time episode of vomiting, etc. But I also see doctor's feeding it. I am sorry, but when you put a kid in a boot and on crutches for a broken pinky toe you are just feeding the alligator.
I had one case that was very severe and for a while I believed it was MBP. I then changed my mind and I now believe this is a loving mother who truly thinks she is doing the best by her child and I think she actually perceives all of these "problems" as being real even though some are not and some are just blown way out of proportion. I know she had multiple doctor's fire her but I don't know if anything was ever reported. She now has a younger child and has shifted her focus to that one. I don't want to give details in case this gets "seen" (I really wish we had some guarantee of privacy on here)
But what do we call this? It is definitely some sort of anxiety disorder.
But if we could just be more frank with people instead of coddling them to make them happy we might be able to nip it in the bud.
Oh, but I like to have fantasies like that!