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Danny does this about once every month or so...more often occasionally. He will supposed to be going to bed but come down every few minutes with something else falling apart. Tonight he was consistent though. It was either he couldn't breathe very well or he felt sick. I checked his lungs to make sure he wasn't wheezing badly (he was wheezing a little on his right side but not bad at all) and had him suck in his tummy. I don't know about you but I can't suck my tummy in when I feel sick. He was taking good deep breaths when I checked his lungs and aside from the little bit of wheezing he sounded great. He sucked his tummy in too so I really don't think he was feeling sick but this went on for 2 *hours*. He looked pitiful so I gave him a few hugs and kisses before I sent him up to bed the last time and he *finally* went to sleep.
So the question.... Do you have a "standardized" way to tell if your child is actually not feeling well or if they are just trying to get away with something like staying up later than they are supposed to? I can't help but wonder if he really is feeling that way even though I can't tell at all from outward symptoms. Ever since we moved he has wanted to sleep in my room. Now that he is right accross the hall from my bedroom I don't even have him in my room if he is sick unless it is a constant attention illness or he is getting nebs every 2 hours round the clock.
Anyway...does anyone have any tricks that have worked for you?
Mine is too young to really fake it. She has faked a cough before but it's REALLY obvious.
I think I'll base it on what I can do about it. The things that were falling apart for him were things that you could easily not treat, like you did, give him a kiss and send him right back to bed. Maybe stick a humidifier in the room and send him to bed (which is usually the best answer for belly aches). I think a few times of it not getting results would lead to less instances of trying to stay up late.
Really that way, you're doing whats best for him either way. If he's faking, you're sending him to bed and not letting the action get the desired results. If he's not faking than a sick boy needs to be in bed.
Rest is really the answer to a lot of ailments whether faking or not so I think I'd just check to make sure nothing is broken and nothing is drastically wrong, other than that, right back to bed
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Last edited by C&K'sMama; July 13th, 2011 at 09:34 AM.
Yah... He can't have a humidifier due to his severe mold allergy but everything that I could do I did. I figured if he was nauseous he wouldn't have been able to suck his tummy in as far as he did for as long as he did. Thanks for the reassurance.