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Your teen may be busy with school, sports, clubs, and friends. Your teen may need some help managing his or her time with activities, homework, and getting enough sleep and eating healthy foods.
Most young teens tend to focus on themselves as they seek to gain independence. They are learning more ways to solve problems and to think about things. While they are building confidence, they may feel insecure. Their peers may replace you as a source of support and advice. But they still value you and need you to be involved in their life.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Tell your teen why you think school is important. Show interest in your teen's school. Encourage your teen to join a school team or activity. If your teen is having trouble with classes, ask the school counsellor to help find a tutor. If your teen is having problems with friends, other students, or teachers, work with your teen and the school staff to find out what is wrong.
Influenza (flu) immunization is recommended once a year for all children ages 6 months and older. Talk to your doctor if your teen did not yet get the vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease, and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
Watch closely for changes in your teen's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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