Caregiver-fabricated illness in a child

J Forensic Nurs. 2015 Apr-Jun;11(2):114-7. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000066.


In October 2004, a case of caregiver-fabricated illness in a child was identified in a children's hospital in the Midwest. This case report begins with a discussion and explanation of the various nomenclatures that have been used by the healthcare community such as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, factitious disorder by proxy, medical child abuse, and caregiver-fabricated illness in a child. A discussion of case facts is then presented, which includes key concepts that nurses should know regarding a diagnosis of caregiver-fabricated illness in a child and the interventions that should be taken.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy / diagnosis*
  • Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy / prevention & control