How to Fake Being Sick

How to Fake Being Sick? Mastering the Art of Convincing

If you don’t want to go to school, but your parents won’t let you skip, we can help you with tips on pretending to be sick. Learn how to start acting “sick” the day before and keep it up throughout the day. 

If your parents still make you go to school, find ideas at the end on how to convince your teacher and the school nurse that you’re not feeling well. With a convincing act, you’ll get to enjoy a day off from school!

Choose a fake illness wisely. 

Pick something like a cold, fever, or a quick bug that lets you avoid important stuff without making others rush you to the doctor. Stick to specific symptoms you can fake well—don’t go overboard with irrelevant ones. Too many symptoms might mess up your act.

Beginning Your Sickness the Day Before

Beginning Your Sickness the Day Before

Being to Show Slight Symptoms the night before

Start showing mild symptoms the night before if you want to stay home the next day. 

Let your mom or dad know you don’t feel well, but don’t mention it too early—wait until after 6:30 P.M. or after dinner. 

If you’ve had a virus before, repeat those symptoms for a more believable act. If you were around someone sick, copy their symptoms to seem like you caught it.

Don’t do something you want to. 

Make your parents more likely to believe you by giving up something you enjoy and avoiding school.

Don’t finish half of your favorite dinner; if asked, say your stomach hurts. Keep snacks in your room so you can skip a meal, making them think you’re unwell.

Start, but don’t finish your homework

To hide that you’re trying to skip school and give a reason to stay home the next day, try these tricks:

If you usually do homework at night, start it but put your head down sometimes, showing that you’re not feeling well and it’s affecting your work.

If you’re used to finishing your homework on time, keep doing it to seem like you were planning to go to school. Halfway through, I complained about feeling sick.

Not completing your homework gives you another reason to stay home. This is more effective if your parents care about your grades.

Make your face look sick and pale. 

Use a foundation that’s 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone. If you have green concealer, apply it on your cheeks and forehead to make yourself look pale. Don’t go all green; subtly change your skin color. You can use a bit of powder or flour if needed.

Learn to apply makeup well; if it’s obvious, you might get caught.

If you use makeup, try not to be touched. Be cautious—your secret might be exposed if someone touches your face and the concealer comes off.

Going to bed might raise suspicion, especially if you usually stay up later. Here’s what you can do:

  • Don’t explain or just mention you’re not feeling well and need to lie down.
  • Alternatively, casually walk by your parents and head straight to bed.
  • If you’re actually feeling a bit sick but not enough for your parents to notice, exaggerate your symptoms. For instance, say you’re about to throw up if you feel nauseated. 
  • Some studies suggest you feel what you think, so it might help strengthen your case the following day.
  • Skip brushing your teeth. If your parents notice and come in, you can tell them you’re not feeling well.
  • Seems a bit impatient, maybe a tad cranky, and ready to go to bed. Don’t overdo it; you want sympathy for being sick, not trouble for being rude!

Wake up in the middle of the night

  • If you’re committed to faking illness, wake up your parents around 1:00 A.M. and let them know you’re not feeling well.
  • If you’re pretending to have stomach issues, mention that you just threw up, leaving some fake vomit in the toilet.
  • Try to force tears to make it seem genuine. Think of something sad to help you cry.

Pretend you’re dizzy and lightheaded.

  • Appear more unwell by adjusting your movements:
  • Walk slower with shorter steps.
  • Take your time getting out of bed or a chair.
  • When standing up at your desk, act like you’ve lost your balance, putting your hand on the desk to “regain” stability.
  • To mimic dizziness, find a private space and spin around until you feel a bit dizzy. Note how it feels and how you react. Replicate that behavior subtly when you’re around others.

Stay up through the night.

  • Create the appearance of tiredness to give a convincing reason for a day off:
  • Develop bags under your eyes by staying up an hour or two later than your usual bedtime.
  • Use purple or gray eyeshadow to mimic the look of bags if needed.
  • Aim for at least four hours of sleep if you don’t want to be overly sleep-deprived for your planned sick day off.

Reinforcing Your Sickness in the Morning

Reinforcing Your Sickness in the Morning

Wake up before your parents and quietly make fake vomit

If you’re committed to the act, wake up before your parents and discreetly create fake vomit. Place it in the toilet and simulate throwing up. 

If this doesn’t grab their attention, go to them and explain what just “happened.” Remember, the key is to make it look and sound as realistic as possible. 

Be reluctant to get dressed.

To avoid drawing attention to yourself in the morning, don’t eagerly volunteer to get ready for school. Instead:

Acting like preparing for school is a challenging task for you.

Dress slowly, but not excessively. Skip a button on your shirt, neglect to comb your hair properly, and leave your shoelaces untied or messy.

Create a tired appearance by having droopy eyes. Think of something sad to make your eyes water and droop. You can also rub them to achieve a slightly bloodshot look.

Fake bags under your eyes

  • To fake bags under your eyes, even if you got enough sleep, try this simple method:
  • Use light lavender or bluish eyeshadow from either your collection or your mom’s.
  • Mix it with water to tone down the color for a more natural tint.
  • Rub it in thoroughly, ensuring it’s noticeable.
  • Optionally, you can use Vaseline under your eyes for a similar effect.

Pick Your Breakfast

Show a lack of appetite to strengthen the illusion of being unwell, especially if you usually enjoy breakfast or if it’s your favorite meal:

Skip or eat very little of your breakfast, making it seem like you’re not feeling well.

If you get hungry later, sneak an extra snack when your parents aren’t looking. This helps to maintain the appearance of a decreased appetite.

Protest if they suggest you stay home

If your parents agree to let you stay home, don’t just nod and accept it without a bit of protest:

  • Express some reluctance about staying home, reinforcing the idea that you’re genuinely unwell.
  • Say things like, “But Mom, I’m going to have so much work to make up!” or “I have a math test today!” Tailor it to something they know you care about, like band practice or art class.
  • Avoid overdoing it; be careful not to randomly mention wanting to take a test if it’s not believable for you. This could backfire.
  • Don’t beg excessively to stay home, as it might make your parents suspicious of your intentions.


In conclusion, faking an illness to stay home from school involves careful planning and convincing acting. Every detail matters, from showing symptoms the night before to simulating morning routines. 

Remember to strike a balance, avoiding overacting or excessive protesting. While being cautious and thoughtful is essential, honesty and open communication with your parents are always encouraged.

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