A 35-year-old female asked:

My 5 y/o wants to know how peter tchaikovsky died. how do you explain cholera to young kids?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Developmental guide: Kids under 6-7 are very basic & unlikely to process any "reasoning" answer. The tooth fairy crowd are better with short & simple answers repeated as needed.By 8-10 basic reasoning is possible, by 14-17 the adult explanation can be processed. A simple "he got real sick & died" should work for most at that age. If he is processing at a higher level, add " bad germ " to the info.
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