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.

Over the years, the pendulum has swung from a "protective" approach of telling kids little or nothing to avoid worrying them about bad news to an "open" approach of giving children all the facts and empowering them to make their own treatment choices.

Today, however, doctors often struggle to gracefully navigate this continuum and tailor the approach to specific medical situations as well as the individual children and families involved, Dr. Bryan Sisk of St. Louis Children's Hospital and colleagues argue in a paper in Pediatrics.

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