Health and Safety 15-17 Years

The national standard of quality care requires that we do certain tests at different ages.  Starting at age sixteen,  as part of your annual visit,  we will do routine screening of your urine for chlamydia and gonorrhea (sexually transmitted diseases) and your blood for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).  If the result is positive, we are required to do a follow-up confidential phonecall to the patient.  If you have any questions, you can bring them up during your visit.

Your Growing and Changing Teen

  • Help your teen visit the dentist at least twice a year.
  • Encourage your teen to protect his/her hearing at work, home, and concerts.
  • Keep a variety of healthy foods at home.
  • Help your teen get enough calcium (1500 mg a day).
  • Encourage your teen to drink water rather than soda.
  • Encourage 1 hour of vigorous physical activity a day.

Healthy Behavior Choices

  • Talk with your teen about your values and your expectations on drinking, drug use, tobacco use, driving, and sex.
  • Be there for your teen when he/she needs support or help in making healthy decisions about his/her sexual behavior.
  • Praise your teen for healthy decisions about sex, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Violence and Injury Prevention

  • Do not tolerate drinking and driving.
  • Insist that seat belts be used by everyone in the car.
  • Set expectations for safe driving.
  • Limit the number of friends in the car, nighttime driving, and distractions.
  • Never allow physical harm of yourself, your teen, or others at home or school.
  • Teach your teen how to deal with conflict without using violence.
  • Make sure your teen understands that healthy dating relationships are built on respect and that saying “no” is OK. 

Emotional Well-Being

  • Set aside time to be with your teen and really listen to his/her hopes and concerns.
  • Support your teen as he/she figures out ways to deal with stress.
  • Support your teen in solving problems and making decisions.
  • If you are concerned that your teen is sad, depressed, nervous, irritable, hopeless, or angry, talk with me.

School and Friends

  • Help your teen find and be a part of positive after-school activities and sports.
  • Encourage healthy friendships and fun, safe things to do with friends.
  • Know your teen’s friends and their parents, where your teen is and what he/she is doing a all times.
  • Check in with your teen’s teacher about his/her grades on tests.
  • Encourage them to read often.

Many of these suggestions come from the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Bright Futures Recommendations.

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