Here is how parents can know if their kids are really sick or just faking illness.
· Survey the scene and take note of any unusual signs. If the child is eating as usual but complaining of stomach pain, ignore them.
· Collect evidence such as fever using a feel of the hand or thermometer. It is difficult to fake high body temperatures.
· Have the skills to detect a lie. Inconsistency in what the child reports could indicate that they are faking illness. However, some complaints such as a headache are difficult to know if they are faking or not.
· Have a heart-to-heart conversation to find out the reasons why the child may be faking illness. It could be they are scared or worried of some situations.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.