Kids-faking? for real!?
Yes and no....when a kid is sick, it usually pretty evident, they truly get green/gray around the gills...they look like hell!
I can usually tell when they have a migraine- there is alook in there eyes that is just not focused (often they are photosensitive).....a malingerer will have no temp, is not flushed, no rackng chills, throat is not puffy or red or full of exudate....
Tummy aches are a little more difficult, one nurse on another thread will check bowel sounds! very loud and gurgly when they are not feeling well, pretty quiet if they are OK.
Although it seems sometimes the throats that look A-OK end up culturing + for strep and the ones that look like hell dont!
Quite often your gut will tell you whether or not they rally are ill, a I ALWAYS get a temp and o2 Sat with any respiratory issue.
Hope this helps!