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What is vulnerable child syndrome?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine
Vulnerable child syndrome (VCS) is child perceived to be at risk for behavioral, developmental, or medical problems, whereby the child’s family frequents the doctor’s office and overuses resources for the healthcare of the child.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Though most premature infants do well, they are particularly at risk for the "vulnerable child syndrome." This is a child with an imagined or real illness early in life, resulting in the parents developing a long-term sense of the child being particularly susceptible to illness or injury. That means that the child is viewed as incapable of being independent or of performing certain tasks. This leads to ongoing stress, odd dynamics between the child and the parents, and confusion for both parent and child.
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