How Does Adolescent Health care Differ From Other Primary Care?

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Adolescence, the period between childhood and the adult years, can be a trying time for both parent and child alike. Your son or daughter is beginning to change physically, seemingly overnight, and the emotional changes are also very obvious. There are probably days when you hardly recognize your precious bundle of joy.

As the period of adolescence progresses, your not-so-little one will develop sexually, and the hormones facilitating that development will create changes in behavior. Every day can bring a new minefield for an emotionally charged teen, or preteen, to navigate.

That’s why the adolescent years, typically between ages 12-19, deserve special attention, medically and psychologically. This time in your child’s life brings about the most rapid phase of human development, exceeding even the development your child experienced in infancy. Making sure your son or daughter has specific health care for this extremely important stage of life is essential to his or her ongoing physical and emotional health. Adolescent health care ensures a stable foundation for life.

At The Medical Place Family Practice, we believe in treating your teen or preteen with respect for their place in life’s stages. We treat your adolescent in a way that allows for open communication with our team. While, technically, still a part of pediatric medicine, adolescent health care involves very unique issues and a thoughtful, responsible approach.

Physical changes occur at a rapid rate

In just a few months, your child can grow several inches, develop oily skin, start growing pubic hair, and experience many other changes. Girls can begin to develop breast buds while still in the early grades of elementary school, and for boys, the testicles and scrotum can begin to enlarge as early as age 9.

As the preteen matures physically, with the onset of menstruation for girls coming about around ages 12-13, and boys experiencing nocturnal emissions, deepening of the voice, and growth spurts between ages 13-17, they will have many questions. The Medical Place Family Practice understands this and provides a safe, knowledgeable, and experienced approach to adolescent health care.

Emotional changes and behavior of the adolescent

Today’s teens, and even preteens, are under a great deal of pressure and stress. School, social media, sports, and simply navigating the world as they experience it each day can take a toll on your child’s mental and emotional well-being. As your child changes emotionally during this period, it can be difficult to determine what’s a natural bout of teenage angst and hormones, and what could constitute serious signs of clinical depression or anxiety.

Our team is focused on understanding what is normal and what could be a red flag. There are very specific skills that are necessary in working in the arena of adolescent health care, and they differ greatly from the typical skills required for primary care.

Adolescent health care issues

Between burgeoning sexuality and the strong emotions of the teen years, your child is going to have questions and a need for guidance. Steering teens and preteens away from risky behaviors and helping them be more aware of their own health is among our top goals at The Medical Place Family Practice. In addition to the basics of puberty, we counsel your adolescent on how to approach and deal with such issues as:

If you’re the parent of an adolescent, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Family Place Medical Practice today. We’re ready to listen to the concerns you have for your teen or preteen, and we’ll do all that we can to ensure your child has a healthy foundation on which to meet life.

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