Other tests, such as blood tests, may be done at your
A doctor often will discuss health and safety
concerns with your child, such as:
Tips to add healthy foods and exercise into a
Safe driving . Your doctor might remind your teen to
always wear a seat belt, not use a cell phone while driving, and not "go along"
in a car with someone who drives recklessly or who has used drugs or alcohol.
Using common sense
with modern technology. Internet chat rooms, text messaging, and other kinds of
modern technology offer young people ways to communicate quickly. They may also
feel anonymous. But children need to understand the dangers of giving out
information to people they don't know. They also need to be reminded to think
twice before sending messages to others. Communication is so fast now that
things they write and send off with a "click" can have effects that they did
not intend. For example, sending off a mean text message can be very hurtful.
It can even be a form of
Sun protection. The doctor might
bring up basic facts about when to wear
sunscreen and other ways to avoid sun
Depression. Your doctor might ask your teen if he or she has noticed any mood or behavior changes.
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.
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.
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ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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