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If you are told you have a stillborn, how do you tell your kids?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

This varies with their age and stage of development.
Any kid over 2 has a concept of death, but they are fantasy based until about 6-8 and a short statement is enough.Expect brief questions for at least a year but make answers brief. 8-12 can usually process more info, but still keep it simple.After 12-14 they can usually process it better, so you can be full in your description & discussion.

In brief: Depends

This varies with their age and stage of development.
Any kid over 2 has a concept of death, but they are fantasy based until about 6-8 and a short statement is enough.Expect brief questions for at least a year but make answers brief. 8-12 can usually process more info, but still keep it simple.After 12-14 they can usually process it better, so you can be full in your description & discussion.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Stillbirth

To tell your children use language and terms geared to their age.
Children are usually familiar with death. Just saying the baby died is enough for some children.

In brief: Stillbirth

To tell your children use language and terms geared to their age.
Children are usually familiar with death. Just saying the baby died is enough for some children.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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