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19 Things To Know About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

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The average age of the victim is 4 years old.

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Typically, victims of Munchausen Syndrome by proxy are very young, according to the National Institute of Health. Over 50 percent of victims are under two years old. And 75 percent of victims are under six years old. Doctors diagnosed children around 22 months after showing symptoms. 50 percent of victims of Munchausen syndrome by proxy have siblings. Of those who have siblings, 65 percent of their siblings had symptoms that were similar to the victim’s symptoms. The reason why victims are so young is that they are unable to communicate with medical professionals about how they truly feel. It is also very easy for caretakers to emotionally manipulate their children when they are very young.

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