The amount of information, you should give them depends on their age and how they are grown. Being honest is one thing but giving them all the information at once can be too. Try spreading a little to ease the shock of the inevitable result.
The questions can be answered "need to know"at first, but as more hospital vists are undertaken and the patient is well at times then more detail is offered. As the same question over and over again with young children can be difficult to times, but you must understand that this is a normal part of their development.
Adolescents may have a particularly difficult time because they now have to manage strong emotions and extra added responsibility only, and the usual emotions which are part of their development to adults. They may need to turn to others outside the family if they have trouble talking to family members egfamily friend, teacher or counselor.
Young people can be particularly difficult because they must now manage strong feelings and just adds more responsibility and generally emotions that are part of their development to adults. They can support their families turn to outside agencies, if they have difficulty speaking egfamily family friend, a teacher or a counselor.
In addition, they may need to repair what they have heard friends and other people, because it can be corrected. Children should be treated with sensitivity, but honestly. But to treat the information according to age, maturity and circumstances.