It can be very difficult to confirm a suspected case of fabricated or induced illness (FII).
We generally assume that a parent or carer will always act in the best interests of a child. Unless there's compelling evidence to suggest otherwise.
Protecting the child
If a health care professional suspects FII they will try to gather enough evidence to make a case to TUSLA. They will make an assessment of the child's risk.
The Garda will investigate if there's enough evidence to bring criminal charges.