I am a lefty who had to learn playing right-handed. It worked; as far as I can assess I am not somehow worse for doing that instead of going for a left-handed playing (and then there's the convenience of it as you mention). One thing I would ask if I were you is about the degree of left-handed dominance - is the kid more or less ambidextrous (I am), or is he really handicapped, so to speak, with his right (non-dominant) hand. If the latter, I would be less certain about flipping him to a right-handed guitar - maybe not so much because of not being able to learn eventually, but the learning curve might be much steeper given the focus on the picking hand in the beginning, so s/he might get discouraged more easily and quit.
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