As kids move through adolescence they often feel less inclined to ask for help or spend a lot of time thinking about their health needs. That’s why the team at Vidalia Pediatric Clinic, serving the community of Vidalia, Georgia, offers comprehensive adolescent care services. Learn more about all that the practice has to offer during an initial consultation which can be booked over the phone.

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What is adolescent care?

Adolescent care is an area of medical practice focused on the unique needs of teenagers. This is a time when kids are going through numerous changes both physically and mentally and also a time when they might be resistant to coming in to see their pediatrician.

When you bring your child in for an adolescent care visit, many of the steps are the same as for pediatric care. Their height and weight are measured and the practitioner evaluates their heart and breathing function, reflexes, basic hearing and vision, and other essential areas of function.

A discussion of age-appropriate health topics follows, including any areas of concern or changes that have taken place since their last visit. Their immunization record is reviewed to ensure all vaccines are up to date. If your child has not yet had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, your provider discusses this important protective measure with you.

Why is adolescent care important?

During the first few years of a child’s life, the focus during pediatric visits is on tracking development and ensuring there are no areas of concern that need to be addressed. At this stage, children play no role in their own care, and parents work directly with their child’s pediatrician.

Adolescent care comes at a time when kids are beginning to take more control of their own lives. They’re beginning to assume responsibility for certain aspects of their health and wellness and have more choice when it comes to diet, sleep habits, and emotional health.

By working with their pediatrician, older kids have an opportunity to learn how to manage their health. This is a gradual process, but the goal of the team at Vidalia Pediatric Clinic is to send young people out into the world well-equipped to make great choices regarding health and wellness.

What kinds of topics can be covered during adolescent care visits?

The practitioner asks your child questions to determine which topics are most important for their age, gender, and level of development. This is a setting where no topics are off-limits. Pediatricians are trained to provide care in all aspects of health and wellness.

Some of the issues that might be discussed during adolescent care visits include:

  • Sleep
  • Physical activity
  • Bullying
  • Puberty
  • Nutrition
  • Stress
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Underage drinking
  • Drug use
  • General safety issues

Each visit is shaped according to your child’s needs at that particular point in time. Parents should encourage kids to ask questions and actively participate in their health care evaluation. Begin the process today by booking a visit at Vidalia Pediatric Clinic, online or over the phone.