As your child reaches adolescence, it’s important that they establish an independent relationship with their doctor, one where they feel comfortable talking about topics such as mental health, sexual activity, and substance use. Board-certified pediatricians Ramon Ferrand, MD, and Alaaeldin Moawad, MD, strive to create a safe, comfortable environment for their adolescent patients at Pediatrics of Long Island in Brentwood and Patchogue, New York. In addition to asking questions about your child’s development and lifestyle habits, they provide vaccinations, health screenings, and STD testing. To set up an adolescent visit, call Pediatrics of Long Island or book an appointment online today.
Adolescence is a period of rapid growth and change, second only to infancy. During this time, your child’s physical, emotional, mental, and social development grow at a fast rate. That’s why it’s important for Dr. Ferrand and Dr. Moawad to check in and make sure your teen’s development is on track.
Much like well-child visits, adolescent visits are preventive measures to identify health problems early on, evaluate risk factors for certain diseases and conditions, and provide vaccinations to protect your child in the future.
During early adolescence, you may continue to stay in the exam room with your child. However, as they turn 11 or 12, pediatricians recommend leaving the room to help your child feel more comfortable talking to their doctor about topics like sexual health, drug and alcohol use, and certain bodily changes.
Depending on your child’s age, sex, and health history, their adolescent visits may include the following:
Pediatrics of Long Island has in-office medical lab services, so you never have to worry about visiting another building for your child’s blood work or urinalysis.
If your child is coming in for their first adolescent visit, there are a few ways you can prepare them for this one-on-one time with their doctor:
Your child may feel nervous about their first adolescent visit, as it may be the first time you’re not in the exam room with them. Try to use positive language whenever possible and create a positive environment for them prior to the visit.
If your child is ready for their first adolescent visit, call the expert team at Pediatrics of Long Island or book an appointment online today.