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Pediatric Health

Teen Health Checklist

Like adults, teenagers need an annual wellness visit. Teens can face many challenges, such as hormonal changes and growth spurts, as well as social and emotional issues. And tracking physical, mental, and social development is key to improving or maintaining the general health and well-being of your teen. Make sure to schedule your teen’s wellness visit with the doctor every year.

For teens with a chronic medical condition or undiagnosed symptoms, keep in mind that more frequent office visits may be necessary.

Download the checklist here.

Dipali Davé, MD, MHA, is a physician and the Assistant Editor and Medical Researcher for Pfizer’s Get Healthy Stay Healthy website.

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References

  • 1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care. Accessed April 12, 2017.
  • 2. Hagan JF Jr, Shaw JS, Duncan PM, eds. Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Third Edition. Pocket Guide. 2008. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • 3. Centers for Disease Control. Information for parents: 2017 Recommended Immunizations for Children 7-18 Years Old. Accessed April 12, 2017.
  • 4. Girls and Puberty. Accessed April 11, 2017.
  • 5. Encouraging Teens to Take Responsibility for Their Own Health. Accessed April 12, 2017.
  • 6. Medical Care and Your 13- to 18-Year-Old. Accessed April 6, 2017.
  • 7. Teens and Sleep. Accessed April 12, 2017.
Keywords: 
growth spurts, sexual development, emotional issues
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