One of the hardest areas of abuse to identify and to work with is Fabricated illness, or Munchausen’s by Proxy. It is seen as a rare, and so not one most people or professionals are not aware of it, even fewer actually understand it and know what to look for. Because of this it is vastly under reported and often not identified … it is a form of abuse that is far more prevalent than most people would think, the problem is it is often unidentified.
Fabricated illness is when a parent or carer for a child is for whatever reason making up (fabricating), or exaggerating a child’s condition. This could be a male or a female carer, however the majority of cases do tend to be carried out by female carers, most often the mother of a child. The reasons for this are unclear although it may be that it relates to how women view themselves in society as much as how society views and values them.