Monday, 19 November 2007

How to tell if your sick kid is faking it

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Cold and flu season is definitely gearing up to be in full swing, but what if you have a nagging suspicion that your child isn't really sick? Health experts say that up to 10% of kids "fake it" at least once over the course of their childhood. CBS News has a few tips to help you decide if your child's illness is real, or if there is something else going on:

Signs of Cold and Flu
  • cough -- dry or productive
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • fever
  • red throat
  • body aches
  • fatigue
  • napping
Signs of "Faking It"
  • symptoms that don't have staying power
  • perking up after the call to school has been made
  • vague symptoms that move around the body (but be careful, because sometimes symptoms are vague)
Keep in mind that just because a child isn't really sick doesn't mean that something isn't wrong. Children may be avoiding school for a serious reason, like bullying, anxiety, depression, or high-pressure to succeed. If you find your child is faking on a regular basis, it's time to get to the bottom of the issue.

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