5 ways to pretend you're sick so you don't go to school

5 ways to pretend you're sick so you don't go to school
5 ways to pretend you're sick so you don't go to school

Don't feel like going to school today? Not ready for a test? Couldn't finish your homework last night or just don't feel like it? Here are several techniques you can use to pretend you're sick without getting caught.


Method 1 of 5: Start faking the disease the night before

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Step 1. Start showing mild symptoms the night before

If you want to stay home the next day, tell your mom or dad that you didn't feel well the night before.

  • You should not tell them too early, as some illnesses tend to go away overnight, such as stomach ache. Your symptoms should start after 6 p.m. or after dinner.
  • If you've been sick with a virus before, fake the same symptoms, you're less likely to look like you're faking it. If you've met someone who has a cold or something like that, reproduce their symptoms to look like they got sick from them.
  • Slap yourself. When you start to have a cold or feel sick, your cheeks will turn red. You can reproduce this symptom by slapping yourself several times when your parents are not looking at you. Don't go too hard, you don't want to hurt yourself either!
  • Look like you're slowing down, your parents will think you're sick or tired even more.
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Step 2. Don't do something you normally like to do

Your parents will believe you even more if you are reluctant to do something you love, as much as something you don't like (for example, going to school).

  • Leave half of dinner if it's a dish you like. When your parents ask you what's going on, tell them you have a stomach ache. Make sure you hide a few snacks in your bedroom so you can skip a meal so your parents really think you're not feeling well.
  • If you had made any plans to hang out with your friends, cancel them.
  • Ask permission to retire to your room or not to watch your favorite TV show.
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Step 3. Start your homework, but don't finish it

This will allow you to cover up the fact that you want to stay home so you don't go to school while giving you a reason to stay home the next day.

  • If you usually do all of your homework, start doing it, but put your head on the desk every now and then so your parents can see that you are not feeling well and that it is preventing you from working.
  • If you usually finish your homework on time, keep pretending you want to go to school, but when you're halfway through, pretend you feel sick.
  • If you don't complete your homework, you'll have another excuse not to go to school.
  • This technique works even better if your parents care about your grades.
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Step 4. Go to bed early

Your parents will be alerted to your urge to go to bed earlier, especially if you are used to trying to stay up as long as possible.

  • Don't tell them anything or just tell them that you are not feeling well and need to lie down.
  • Otherwise, try to get your parents' attention by walking past them or going out of the room to go straight to bed.
  • If you are feeling really bad, but not bad enough for your parents to listen to you, exaggerate the symptoms! If, for example, you are nauseous, you can say that you feel like throwing up. Some studies show that thinking can influence health status, so this can be a great plan that your parents may not be able to foil. However, this only works if you are really in bad shape, don't do this if you are in great shape! It is only useful to reinforce what you are going to say tomorrow morning …
  • Don't brush your teeth. If your parents find out, they will probably come to your room to tell you that you forgot to do so. At that point, they're probably going to wonder what's wrong, and you can tell them you're not feeling well.
  • Look impatient, cranky, or even in a hurry to get to bed. Do not have not look too cranky because you want to gain your parents' compassion, not punishment for your bad behavior.
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Step 5. Wake up in the middle of the night

Wake up around 1 a.m. and go wake your parents up telling them you're not feeling well.

  • If you pretend you have a stomach ache, tell them you just threw up (after leaving fake vomit in the toilet).
  • Force yourself to cry (if you can) to really look sick.
  • Pull the skin under your eyes down and blink several times, it may make your eyes look watery.
  • If you want to pretend you have a cold or have a sore throat, cough or clear your throat loud enough that they can hear it from their room. Rub your face vigorously before they arrive so that it is red and you look sick.
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Step 6. Stay awake all night

This will allow you to have dark circles and you will have a good reason not to go to school.

  • Go to bed an hour or two later than usual. This could help you have dark circles or make them slightly more swollen.
  • Try to get at least 4 hours of sleep if you don't want to feel too tired during your day at home.

Method 2 of 5: Look even sicker in the morning

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Step 1. Wake up before your parents and brew some fake vomit

Pour it down the toilet and pretend to throw up. If that doesn't wake them up, go see them and tell them what just happened.

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Step 2. Pretend you don't feel like getting dressed

Show them that you don't feel like going to school. Act as if it is very difficult for you to prepare yourself.

  • Dress slowly, but not too slowly. Forget a button on your shirt, don't comb your hair properly, and forget to tie a knot in your laces.
  • Make your eyes shine. Think of something that makes you sad and let the tears come into your eyes. You can even rub them lightly to make them look red.
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Step 3. Make dark circles

Even if you got enough rest the night before and you don't naturally have dark circles, there is a very easy way to get dark circles.

  • Take purple or blue eyeshadow, whether it's yours or your mom's.
  • Mix some in a little water to make the color lighten and look more natural.
  • Spread it out well, making sure it shows up.
  • You can also rub petroleum jelly under your eyes.
  • You can also use makeup to make your skin pale so your parents will think you are sick.
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Step 4. Resist having breakfast

A lack of appetite is a clear symptom that something is wrong. Your parents are going to worry even more if you enjoy having breakfast or if they have cooked your favorite breakfast for you.

Since you will probably be hungry, grab something to eat when their backs are turned

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Step 5. Decline if they offer to stay home

If your parents decide to keep you at home, you don't have to shrug and agree.

  • Challenge their decision (but only if you didn't have to convince them first). This will make them think even more that you are really sick.
  • Say for example: but mom, I'm going to have so much work to catch up on! or so but I have a math test today! If your parents know you don't care about your checks, tell them: but I have a band rehearsal, art class, or whatever you like to do.
  • Don't overdo it. Don't tell them you want to pass a check if they know you don't care. It can backfire on you, unless you are careful.
  • Don't push too hard or your parents will find out that you are lying …

Method 3 of 5: Pretend you have a certain illness

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Step 1. Pretend you have a rash

You are sure to stay home with an allergic reaction or any other type of contagious rash.

  • Start by rubbing your torso until it turns bright red.
  • Try to form circles by rubbing so that the redness looks real.
  • Finally, try to accompany the redness with another symptom, such as a runny nose or headache.
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Step 2. Pretend you have a fever

If you're doing well and looking sick, your parents are probably going to want to take your temperature. You should then be prepared to act quickly and pretend you have a fever.

  • Ask to go to the bathroom before they take your temperature.
  • Make sure you take a cup with you. Fill it with hot water and rinse your mouth, especially under the tongue. This will increase the temperature in your mouth.
  • Remember to flush the toilet before running the tap water so your parents don't have any suspicions!
  • Note: Obviously, this technique only works if your parents check your temperature in your mouth. If they have an ear thermometer, try to get it before they use it and hold it against something hot, like the heater or a light bulb.
  • If your parents are the type to touch your forehead, rub it frequently when they're not looking at you, or take a hair dryer and warm your face until your forehead feels warmer to the touch.
  • Put warm water under your arms, on your forehead and on your cheeks. This raises your temperature and makes it look like you've been sweating.
  • You should get a temperature that is between 37 degrees C and 39.5 degrees C. If your temperature is lower, you don't have a fever, but if it is higher, you have a good chance of getting it. emergency to the doctor.
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Step 3. Pretend you have a migraine

It is very easy to pretend you have a migraine because there is no way to know if you are telling the truth or not. By simply reproducing the symptoms, your parents will be able to believe you.

  • You must be embarrassed by the lights and the noise. Complain about it.
  • Tell them that only one specific area of ​​your head hurts, such as just above your right eyebrow. This is an essential detail if you want to pretend you have a migraine.
  • Touch your forehead every now and then and look like it hurts when you wrinkle your eyebrows.
  • Tell your parents that your head is spinning and you can't see very well. As you walk slowly, come to a sudden stop, close your eyes, and regain your balance by leaning against something or someone.
  • Ask your parents if they can speak a little less loudly.
  • If you do all of this the day before pretending to be sick, go to bed and turn off all the lights while lying on the nearest couch.
  • Ask your parents to give you medicine, but don't take it.
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Step 4. Pretend you have diarrhea

This technique works even better after breakfast.

  • Run to the bathroom all at once.
  • Spend some time in the bathroom, flush the toilet, use a good amount of deodorant to hide a smell that doesn't exist.
  • You can also make fake diarrhea.
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Step 5. Pretend you have conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is a very common condition and also very contagious! You will stay home if someone thinks you have conjunctivitis.

  • Get some red lipstick and petroleum jelly and rub it on the eyelid of one of your eyes.
  • Make sure you only do this for just one eye, because conjunctivitis usually does not affect both eyes.
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Step 6. Pretend you have an upset stomach, nausea, or cramps

Besides your speaking, vomiting is the only symptom that can prove your condition, but it's pretty easy to fake it.

  • After a meal, start complaining that you are not feeling well.
  • When your parents are not looking at you, put one of your fingers down your throat, without pushing it too deep, and you will start to gag without throwing up. When you feel like you are going to vomit, quickly pull your finger out. However, you should use this technique with care because you should not hurt yourself.
  • Prepare some fake vomit to complete the effect. Get some oatmeal and water, run to the toilet, put the oatmeal and water in your mouth, then spit it out in the toilet bowl to show your parents.
  • You can also pretend to vomit by pouring fake vomit on the floor (or on your bed if you want them to believe you more easily). In the morning, tell them you don't remember it and apologize to the person who is going to have to clean it.
  • If you're a girl and you've started having your period, tell your parents that you are having cramps or that your period has come on. Chances are, your dad doesn't even want to talk about it and your mom understands you. None of them can blame you.
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Step 7. Pretend you have a cold or the flu

Cold or flu symptoms are very easy to reproduce. These are also extremely contagious diseases, which is why your parents are likely to want to keep you from going to school and infecting your peers.

  • Blow your nose on lots of handkerchiefs and throw it on the floor or on your bedside table. Your parents will then think that your nose is runny and they will not let you go to school if you are sick.
  • Breathe only through your mouth, as if your nose is blocked.
  • If you're not in the same room as them and they ask you something, pinch your nose lightly while talking to them.
  • Wear several layers of clothing. This will give them the impression that you are having chills and that you are cold.
  • Sneeze hard, then sniffle in front of your parents. Also do this when they are not in the same room as you, but when they can still hear you.
  • Pull your lips to look chapped and twist your nose to make it look red.
  • Tell them that your bones are hurting or that you have pain all over your body.
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Step 8. Pretend your throat is sore

However, be careful not to look like you have a sore throat or you could end up straight to the doctor.

  • When you walk, keep your mouth open so that your throat becomes drier.
  • Avoid eating and drinking.
  • Suck on red cough candy to make your throat look more sore.
  • Make a face when you swallow. Speak in a lower, huskier voice and continuously drink small sips of water.
  • Tell your parents that your throat feels sore or that you feel like you are swallowing pieces of glass.

Method 4 of 5: Keep the comedy going all day

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Step 1. Meet your parents' expectations

Chances are, your parents will come and see how you are doing at home during the day to see if you are not faking or if you are doing better.

  • If your parents are home with you, pretend to be asleep and be sure to keep acting when they come to see you.
  • If your parents are at work, call them to update them. It will make you look more responsible and make them feel like they are not having fun.
  • If they call you from work to find out how you are doing, wait for the phone to ring at least three times before answering and take as tired a voice as possible.
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Step 2. Show them signs of improvement

If you are staying at home, pretend to get a lot of sleep and gradually start to feel better.

  • Around noon, say you're feeling better.
  • If your parents don't see that you are better at the end of the day, they may decide to take you to the doctor, who can check to see if you are really sick or not.
  • If you think your parents are going to take you to the doctor, try to bring your illness to an end gradually.
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Step 3. Keep a low profile

Remember, you are supposed to stay in bed because you are sick!

  • Don't go out of the house and get caught outside. If a neighbor or family member saw you outside, they might tell your parents.
  • Make sure you put all your games away before your parents come home. If they realize that you were having fun, they might think you were pretending to be sick.
  • Clear your internet browsing history so they won't know you've been having fun on the computer all day.
  • Do not forget to remove this article from the browsing history …
  • Do not bookmark sites in your browser because your parents will see that you have been on the internet when you are "sick". Clear this page from history so your parents can't see it.

Method 5 of 5: Cheating on your teachers and the school nurse

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Step 1. Ask permission to go to the nurse

Depending on the school you attend, you may ask your teacher's permission to go to the infirmary. The nurses there can be tough and they are very good at recognizing pretending students. It can be easy to fool them if you plan to do two tours at different times of the day.

  • Wait about an hour or two after class starts, then ask your teacher if you can use the bathroom.
  • After staying there longer than expected, go back to class and tell her that you have vomited and that you would like to see the nurse.
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Step 2. Ask the nurse if you can just lie down

Start with small requests like this instead of asking her directly if you can go home.

  • When you first get to the nurse, tell her that you are not feeling well, that you feel dizzy, or that you want to sleep.
  • Ask if you can get some rest before you go back to class. This shows her that you don't necessarily want to go home and that you prefer to spend the rest of the day at school.
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Step 3. Pretend to fall asleep

It will make your story more realistic and you will really look like you don't feel good.

  • Don't overdo it, such as pretending to snore, and choose simplicity instead, such as pulling your pillow or blanket over your face.
  • It will also make you feel like the light is bothering you (a symptom of a migraine) and that you are really trying to fall asleep.
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Step 4. Fake medical test results

The nurse will most likely want you to take tests to confirm or rule out your illness.

  • If the nurse wants to take your blood pressure, hold your breath while she does it. It helps lower your blood pressure and will make you really feel sick.
  • Tell the nurse that you have vomited, she is unlikely to ask for details.
  • The nurse will probably want to take your temperature as well. Prepare for a temperature reading in your mouth by rinsing it with warm water just before going to see her or by running a little to get your body temperature up and look like you are feeling hot. fever.
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Step 5. Visit the nurse a second time

If the nurse sends you back to class, don't worry! It just means that you are going to visit her a second time, you are going to get out of class and this time she is going to send you home.

  • Tell the nurse that you tried to resist, but that you are not feeling well and are too sick to concentrate. These are the words that will help you escape school.
  • Tell her that you are starting to experience some of the symptoms described above for colds, flu, etc.
  • Keep it simple. Don't overdo it by exaggerating symptoms or presenting too many at once. Just say that you feel bad, have a headache, and can't concentrate in class because it's in pain.
  • You might be tempted to ask him to call your parents, but do not do it !

    This will let him know that you are trying to get home and that you are not really sick.

  • If you have a friend who is really sick, say you spent time with him / her recently. This will work even better if the nurse knows that this student is ill, as it is only logical and quite possible that you caught something while in contact with them.


  • If you have makeup on, use a light foundation and rub some black eye shadow under your eyes. Pink can also give the appearance of irritation.
  • If you want to go home, eat something you don't like and tell your teacher that you ate something that made you sick.
  • If a parent puts their hand on your arm and asks how you feel, tell them you feel cold, not hot.
  • A technique of last resort for older suitors: If you drink a lot of caffeine every day and want to look sick, don't drink caffeine the day before you want to look sick. If you are really addicted to caffeine, it could lead to headaches and nausea. The good part is, you are really going to have a hard time and you will have a good excuse to go home. The bad part is, you are really going to have a hard time. That's why this technique doesn't work if you were planning on doing something else in your spare time, but it's a good technique if you just want to get out of school.
  • Learn about the ways parents use to find out if their children are faking so they can fight these techniques. Also know that parents can have access to this article and can then know if their children are pretending or not!
  • Don't beg your parents too much to stay home, as they may notice that you are faking it.
  • If your parents don't believe you after using all of these techniques, call them when you are at school. You may be able to convince them better if you go to school and later say that you feel very bad (this is an ideal technique if you are trying to run away from an exam).
  • If you're pretending to have a cold, tell them you need to use Vicks Vaporub. The smell naturally evokes the idea of ​​illness and you will look more believable. You might also get a runny nose if you rub it on to look really sick.
  • Be careful what you say. Try to keep it simple. Say for example: I have a really bad stomach ache, I really don't feel well. You are going to gain the sympathy of others and you can stay home (with a little luck), but, if you start to say: I feel so bad, it is probably because of what I ate, people. will start to ask you where you ate, if you want them to call the poison control center, if you think the food was spoiled, etc. Before you even know it, they will discover your little ploy.
  • If your parents are aware of your little merry-go-round, make sure you have a good reason handy for it, for example because you are stressed out at school or because you have a problem with someone else. other. They will be less upset if they know you are having problems.
  • Do not tell anyone that you are pretending to be sick, as they may go and tell their parents who may then tell yours.
  • Consider your parents. For example, if your parents are both doctors, it seems obvious that it will be very difficult for you to fool them.
  • Eruct in front of your parents and tell them that you now have a rotten egg taste in your mouth, a symptom of gastroenteritis.
  • If you refused to go home in the past when your teachers advised you to do so, you are more likely to be believed this time.
  • Avoid pretending to be sick for a short time. Try to spread out over time the times when you pretend to be sick so as not to attract suspicion.
  • Drink hot tea, wrap a cold towel around your head, and suck on throat lozenges. You can also pretend that your ears are blocked.
  • Don't pretend you're sick too often, once every three months is enough or your parents might suspect something.


  • Viruses usually only appear for 24 hours. Don't pretend to have a stomach ache for more than 24 hours.
  • Don't pretend to be sick for more than 3 days. Your parents may then take you to the doctor who will find out that you are faking.
  • Don't pretend to have the same disease several times in a row, as your parents will quickly notice.
  • Don't suddenly feel better, because that is really weird. Report that your symptoms are healing little by little, two by two.
  • Your parents might have a hard time trusting you if you pretend to be sick too often. Even if you only pretend once and get caught, you will lose your credibility and your parents will no longer trust you, even when you are really sick (as in the story of the Shepherd Who Cried Wolf).
  • Don't pretend you have a urinary tract infection (pretending you have to urinate constantly and saying that you feel burning while urinating). This is a very serious problem and your parents may take you to the doctor even if your symptoms improve. The doctor may then prescribe an antibiotic for you which will cost your parents dearly and may even make you nauseous. These antibiotics could also cause yeast infections in women which would become very bothersome.
  • Under no circumstances should you take real medicine or force yourself to vomit. There is no such thing as a perfect medicine. They all have side effects, and even non-prescription drugs can harm you if you're not really sick. They can cause damage to the stomach, esophagus and teeth.
  • Don't miss a whole week of class. You're going to lose the pleasure of getting a day off by getting greedy and trying to get more, because you're going to be late and you're going to have to catch up on a lot of work. It's best to do this on Friday (since you can have fun on Saturday and Sunday) or Monday (Monday is usually the worst day of the week).
  • If you miss class to avoid something, it will come back later. Take deep breaths, mentally prepare yourself, and remember that it will be all over when the bells ring. Forget everything that makes you nervous and go to school.
  • If your parents suggest that you take pain relievers or other medications, you should not take them, even if they are watching you. Let them know that you are fine without these drugs because you could really get sick from taking the drugs when you are not sick. If you still need to take the medicine, be sure to spit it out or hide the fact that you did not swallow it. You can take some types of sore throat candy even if you don't have a sore throat, but you shouldn't overdo it.

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