How to tell if your kid is really sick

How to tell if your kid is really sick

When you were a kid, you probably pulled the “I’m sick” trick on your parents to get a day off school. But now that you have kids of your own, you probably wonder if you’re getting played like that too. How do you know when your kids are actually sick versus just wanting to miss school? The truth is that you won’t always know the truth straight away. But there are a few tactics you can use to reach a fair verdict. Here’s how to snuff out child’s play and tell if your kid is really sick:


Tips and tricks to tell if your kid is really sick

1. Headaches

Headaches are no fun. And a headache that persists for more than two after acetaminophen has been administered doesn’t only require a day off school, it also calls for a trip to the doctor’s office. If your child is complaining about a headache but is still happy to watch TV and eat, there’s no real cause for concern. Tell her you’re making an appointment with the doctor. But that a school drop-off (or a late arrival) is still happening. This should spark a miraculous recovery.

2. Tummy troubles

If your kid is vomiting, nauseous, and has diarrhea, keep him or her out of school. If your kid is holding his or her belly and moaning that it hurts, you’re going to have to look for secondary symptoms. These include pale and clammy skin, a slow heartbeat rate, increased saliva production, and constricted pupils. Abdominal pain stimulates the vagus nerve. Which is a direct connection between the bowels and the brain. So you should be able to see these signs if abdominal pain is a real issue in your kid. If a stomach bug is a culprit, your kid’s appetite will be the first t go out the window. But if your kiddo is happily tucking into his favorite meal, he’s fine. And yes, faking it!

3. Fever

Kids know that fever is usually a ‘get out of school free’ card. Bt the temperature that warrants a day at home is debatable. Some schools say 38°C is too high. Others will tolerate it but call you if and when it passes the 38.5°C mark. And they’ll also insist that your child is fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Although it’s not easy to fake a fever, it can be done. The first way of inspecting a possible bluff is getting an accurate temperature reading. Take your child’s temperature with an electronic thermometer, and if possible, use one of the ear thermometers.

4. Feeling icky

Whenever doctors refer to just not feeling well, they call it malaise, and this can range from just feeling like staying in bed all day p to being on the verge of fainting. Malaise can be the beginning of a range of issues such as the common cold, mononucleosis, and even more serious illnesses, so what happens with this is purely up to the parent. Feeling lousy shouldn’t be a reason to stay at home if your kid isn’t exhibiting any other symptoms. Keep in mind that if your child is persistently complaining of malaise, you should definitely get him or her to the doctor so that a proper checkup can be done to rule out conditions such as anemia, thyroid disease, depression, anxiety, or an underlying infection.


By Jess Green

Jess is a happy father and avid supporter of kiddles, writing occasionally and keeping the website afloat. His favourite kids activity is hiking and teaching kids about nature.

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