MIDDLE class children have been hit by an epidemic of invisible and undetectable illnesses.
Doctors have been attacked for failing to diagnose the illnesses, which can cause children to have behavioural problems and do badly at school without it being their parents’ fault.
The conditions, which can strike middle class children from birth to the age of 18, have an unknown effect on the child’s immune system and can cause long-term damage to pleasant lifestyles.
Francesca Johnson, from Putney, said: “My baby suffers from a terrible illness called invisible silent reflux, which means she cries inconveniently when I’m drinking wine. But nobody could find anything wrong with her until I went private.
Dr Helen Fisher said: “My pioneering work in identifying Exceptional Child Self-Suppression Disorder, now known as Fisher’s Syndrome, began with my own son Josh.
I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t excelling at school, but as a doctor I realised he was hiding how gifted he was so as not to upset his classmates.
And he was only bullying them because he was provoked by their lack of intelligence.
Campaigning parents are now calling on the NHS to recognise serious illnesses like Fisher’s Syndrome, silent reflux and stealth flu.
Dr Fisher added: “These conditions can be treated by sending the child to an isolated educational environment far from the family home, or if you don’t have the money for that, I prescribe ketamine.