As adults, we all know how challenging the transition from adolescence to adulthood can be. We also know, in retrospect, that how healthy we were when we were young partially dictates how healthy we can continue to be as we get older, because it forms our “baseline” of health.
Adolescence is technically defined as the years starting at the ages of 12 in girls and 14 in boys, generally culminating at age 18. This is the period during which our physical, mental, and emotional health quickly develops.
Let’s talk about why our health during adolescence is so important, and where your child can go in Tuckahoe to see a world-class pediatrician for ultimate healthcare.
What Does Adolescent Health Establish?
These years are the time when your child establishes new relationships on their own, develops learning behaviors and social skills, and eventually (ideally) becomes independent upon entering adulthood. During this time, your child undergoes significant physical, social, and psychological transitions that make them establish a pattern of behaviors which can be healthy or unhealthy.
The unhealthy and risky behaviors can result in various chronic (yet preventable) health problems that, in the long run, put long-term burdens on them. For example, cigarette smoking is one of the many habits that usually begins in adolescence, and yet the cost in 2009-2012 of treating problems which were caused by cigarette smoking was calculated to be $289 billion in the U.S. alone.
Common issues that adolescents tend to struggle with during this phase of rapid developmental transition include:
- Addiction to harmful substances, such as tobacco, drugs, and alcohol
- Mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts
- Sexual health problems, such as unintended teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Nutrition and weight issues
- Suicidal thoughts and depression
On the converse, a teenager who establishes a healthy lifestyle tends to engage in:
- Regular exercise they enjoy
- Healthy eating habits
- Social engagements with friends and family
- Positive activities, including participating in sports, band, chorus, yearbook, worship services, clubs, etc.
Caring Pediatrician Specializing in Adolescent Health
To ensure your child’s ultimate health and well-being into adulthood, team up with our board-certified pediatricians at Village Pediatric Group. Our main focus is the health and wellness of your child, so they grow up to be strong and healthy.
Here at Village Pediatric Group, we give our adolescent patients the opportunity to discuss things that are bothering them – in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Plus, to optimize their mental, physical, and emotional health, our pediatricians provide helpful and interesting information about:
- Healthy lifestyle habits
- Hormone issues
- Sexual health
- Skin care
- Substance abuse
- Stress management
- Depression and anxiety
- Nutrition and weight management
- Eating disorders
- Menstrual issues
- Social pressures
- Sexuality and gender-related topics
- School, family, and home concerns
To partner with our pediatricians, schedule an appointment by calling us today at (914) 771-7070 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We are conveniently located in Tuckahoe, and we offer Saturday hours for your family’s convenience. We look forward to being your child’s healthcare partner!