The Teen Years (Age 13-18)
Your child should continue to receive annual check-ups during their teen years.
We generally see children through college but will often recommend transitioning to an internist during that time.
This stage of your child’s growth and development requires continued monitoring and education. Heights, weights, lab tests and hearing/vision screenings are performed and it is a time that the patient can discuss other concerns directly with their doctor. An additional Tuberculosis test is given to patients entering high school, and a meningococcal booster vaccine given at age 16. Some colleges require a second meningitis vaccine on college
We recommend downloading and reading the puberty handouts by clicking on the buttons below as they provide some guidance as your child goes through the puberty stage:
At 18 we ask your child to complete a HIPAA Authorization Form which would grant us permission to keep sharing your “adult” child’s information with you.
I am not sure whether to call the doctor or not?
Handling acute illnesses after hours is a major challenge in pediatrics. Parent Care offers clinical algorithms developed by experts in pediatric care to help parents determine when it is necessary to contact the doctor.