As a child moves into their teenage years, their body goes through many changes. Between the ages of 11 and 18 years, they are considered adolescents and require specific care. Village Pediatric Group in Tuckahoe, New York, has a team of providers trained in adolescent medical care to support teenagers’ well-being through this stage of growth and development. Call the practice today to make an appointment or book online.
Adolescents have complex physical and mental health concerns — more so than younger age groups. Adolescent medicine is a branch of pediatric care that focuses on teenagers and young adults' health and well-being. It's the first step to teens learning how to take care of their health needs themselves, rather than relying on a parent or guardian.
The adolescent medicine specialists at Village Pediatric Group provide more than just medical support. The team is trained to deliver care that addresses teen needs across all aspects of their lives.
Like neonatal and geriatric medicine, adolescent medicine is age-focused patient care. For teens and young adults, this may include:
Teens often find it difficult to talk about these subjects. The providers at Village Pediatric Group create a safe, non-judgmental environment where adolescents can feel comfortable about opening up.
An adolescent health check monitors the same health areas as a standard annual health check, plus those that apply only to this age group. The appointment tends to be longer to give your teen more time with their doctor. It's typical for this age group to feel shy talking about their concerns. This gives them an opportunity to speak without feeling rushed or self-conscious.
At the first appointment, they complete a questionnaire about their medical history, overall well-being, and interests. Their doctor then performs an exam to assess their physical health. Often, the appointment is in two parts: one part with a parent or guardian present, and one without. Some teens prefer to see their doctor without an adult there at all, and that's fine too.
Going through the development period of adolescence can be a time of confusion. Partnering with an adolescent medicine team like Village Pediatric Group provides your child with the best chance of a healthy teenage life as they move into adulthood. Make an appointment today over the phone or through the online booking tool.