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    Default coughing..fake or real - how do you tell??

    Bub is 5 months today.

    The last 2 days, he has had a cough. But I'm not sure if it's a 'fake' cough (you know the one's kids do to either get a reaction or because they think it's a funny game) or if it's a real cough? He just will suddenly start to 'cough cough cough' but, tbh it does kida sound fake.

    But how do you really tell the fake one's from the real thing? I dont want to take him to his Dr if he is just mucking around!

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    I can tell DS's fake coughs if
    A) he stops as soon as I turn around
    B) his eyes haven't gone a bit red or watery
    C) he does it when I do it to him
    D) he follows it up with a sly cheeky grin

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    Hmmm... I dunno that a 5 month old would get the concept of using a fake cough for attention? I could be wrong though, but if I heard a 5 month old coughing, I'd just assume they really did have a cough.

    I know my DS does a fake laugh these days, but he's 14 months now and does realise that him laughing pleases other people, even if it's not "real". I would still assume if he was coughing though that he really had a cough..

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    I would think its real..and if he stops when you turn around then maybe its just a tickle...but still a real cough.

    5 month old babies dont know how to fake or manipulate thats what makes them so vunerable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moxy View Post
    I can tell DS's fake coughs if
    A) he stops as soon as I turn around
    B) his eyes haven't gone a bit red or watery
    C) he does it when I do it to him
    D) he follows it up with a sly cheeky grin
    DS does A, B and C in your list. I haven't busted him doing the cheeky grin yet though...

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    hmmm i agree i dont know if they would get the concept of faking anything?

    i know that my DS#2 had a really crap cough, he just couldnt cough properly. and it sounded fake but its because he didnt have any power behind it.

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    Actually yeah, I didn't really pay attention to the age sorry. DS started fake coughing at 7 months. He mimics me when I do it so I can tell the difference.

    Can't hurt to see a GP. If it's nothing then so be it.

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    my ds does a fake cough and it started at around 5 months - he smiles when you look at him when he is doing it!

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    Although she was a bit older, my DD1 developed a chronic cough from about 2. We gave her cough medicines & passed it off as a bit of attention seeking. But then after a 2 month spurt of it last year, I suggested asthma to our dr & even though her peak flow was normal he trialed her on ventolin & a preventor. Her cough was gone in 2 days.

    Not trying to scare you but it's worth ruling this out. I agree with the other mums, a 5 month old is too young to fake anything really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancingtren View Post
    my ds does a fake cough and it started at around 5 months - he smiles when you look at him when he is doing it!
    yeah, when DS was tiny I remember reading somewhere about how it's common for that age, and sure enough he started doing it too! It was kind of cute, a bit of an attention thing because he certainly wasn't sick! Cheeky monkey


 

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