A 54-year-old member asked:
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how do i explain muscular dystrophy to a child ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Varies some: The explanation you use must reflect the developmental stage of the kid. In the tooth fairy era, under age 8, simple & short is best. Illness with weak muscles should suffice, repeated often. The concrete kid 8-teens can handle a little more, but doesn't need much. The idea of a chronic illness with no good treatments.Mid-late teens can handle a deeper discussion about chronic illness.
Answered on Apr 27, 2013

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