High-Quality, Long-Term Healthcare for Your Teen
Raising healthy kids is and has always been the main priority at Northside Pediatrics. We’re your long-term adolescent health partner, providing regular check-ups and immunizations through age 21 for established patients and age 18 for new patients. During this stage of life, adolescents experience an enormous amount of change. At Northside Pediatrics, we will help you and your adolescent understand these changes, and provide continual guidance and support to help make the transitions as easy as possible. Our staff professionalism is second to none, so you can count on our dedicated team to fully address the needs of you and your teen.
Comprehensive care for adolescent health
The first priority for comprehensive healthcare providers is to address any concerns brought up by you as a parent or your child. Other topics for discussion may include:
- Social determinants of health (school performance, coping with stress, family connectedness)
- Physical growth and development (body image, healthy eating, physical activity, sleep)
- Emotional well-being (mood regulation, mental health, sexuality)
- Risk reduction (pregnancy, substance use, acoustic trauma)
- Safety (seat belt and helmet use, sun protection, substance use)
What’s different about your teenager’s visits?
It is important for your child’s health and development that we structure appointments differently during the teenage years. We respect your teenager’s increasing need for privacy during this time so we will speak with and examine your teenager privately, providing the opportunity to talk about issues your teenager would prefer to discuss only with a medical professional. We will inform your teenager that our office practices confidentiality, which will be maintained between the patient and provider.
The providers at Northside Pediatrics will also use this growing relationship with your teenager to provide guidance on how to take responsibility for good health by making the right choices. We have found our approach to be highly effective and an important step in keeping your teenager both well informed and safe. We appreciate your understanding of this important change and will be happy to discuss it with you in more detail.
Remember that regular checkups during adolescence are essential. These visits ensure that your child is current on immunizations and prepared to participate fully in school, sports, camp and registering for college. It’s also an opportunity for your teenager to address common adolescent concerns, such as acne, weight or eating problems, sleep issues, depression and mental health problems, sexuality, and substance use/abuse.
This stage of care is a critical component in your child’s maturation. As always, we’re available to help you as parents during this important period in any way that we can.