During your adolescent's yearly medical checkup, most doctors:
Other tests, such as blood tests, may be done at your doctor's discretion.
A doctor often will discuss health and safety concerns with your child, such as:
Most likely, this kind of information will not be new to your child. But it may "stick" more with some children when they hear it from an adult other than their parents. It usually is a good idea to give your adolescent time alone to discuss issues privately with the doctor. This gives your child an opportunity to address problems or concerns that may be difficult to share with you.
Other Works Consulted
Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule Working Group (2016). 2016 recommendations for preventive pediatric health care. Pediatrics, 137(1). DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-3908. Accessed December 7, 2015.
Irwin CE (2011). The adolescent visit. In CD Rudolph et al., eds., Rudolph's Pediatrics, 22nd ed., pp. 272-276. New York: McGraw-Hill.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsBrian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal MedicineJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
Current as of: May 4, 2017
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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