Adolescent Health Care

Adolescent Health Care Specialist
The adolescent years are filled with changes and growth, both physically and developmentally. At Carnegie Hill Pediatrics on the Upper East Side of New York City, the team of board-certified professionals specializes in adolescent health care. With experience and know-how, they can address issues prominent with this age group and build a doctor-patient relationship that invokes honesty and trust. Contact Carnegie Hill Pediatrics to learn more.

Adolescent Health Care Q & A

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What are the unique health needs of adolescents?

The doctors at Carnegie Hill Pediatrics know that adolescents have their own unique health needs. Most adolescents, which typically includes children ages 10-19, typically have few major health concerns, but there are specific issues that can arise during this period.

Adolescents experience biological changes due to puberty, and this developmental stage encourages them to seek independence and experimentation. This stage can lead to behavioral concerns like:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Unplanned pregnancy

Because adolescents haven’t quite reached adulthood, their brains are still developing, and they are more susceptible to environmental and social influences. This can include family and peers, as well as what they see on television and online.

Why see a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent health?

When you see a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent health, your child gets more comprehensive care. Your pediatrician can address issues common among adolescents that aren’t experienced by the other demographics pediatricians treat.

These doctors can talk to your teenager about things like sex, smoking cigarettes, and drinking while driving. Your pediatrician may even ask to speak to your child in private, giving your child the opportunity to address any issues or concerns they may be embarrassed or afraid to talk about in front of you.

What should you expect from an adolescent health care visit?

When you take your child to an appointment at Carnegie Hill Pediatrics, your pediatrician performs a range of tests and procedures to monitor and track your child’s physical, mental, and social development. Along with weight and height measurements, your pediatrician may administer:

  • Scoliosis check
  • Immunizations
  • Blood pressure test
  • Cholesterol test

Your pediatrician addresses any concerning issues your child presents, which can include obesity, eating disorders, or mental health conditions. The doctor may ask questions and give counsel on things like:

  • Academic performance
  • Safe sex
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Wearing seat belts and other safety measures

If you’re looking for a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent health, contact Carnegie Hill Pediatrics. Call to schedule your appointment or book easily online.

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