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How Much Should We Tell Kids About Their Own Health?

How Much Should We Tell Kids About Their Own Health?

When it comes to deciding whether and how to talk to children about their own health, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula, some doctors argue. The best thing doctors can do is make the conversation about how to talk about health part of routine check-ups, because that will lay a foundation for having hard conversations when problems crop up in the future, said Dr. Abby Rosenberg, a pediatric oncology researcher at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington.

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