During the adolescent years, our patients (and their parents) are navigating the course from being dependent children to being independent young adults. Through the well child visits we discuss the normal physical changes of puberty, the nutritional needs of rapidly growing bodies, and the academic and social challenges of school. Screening for mental health issues and vaccinations are done at the appropriate times. We initiate the sometimes difficult conversations around sexuality, risk behaviors, and social stressors. As when they were younger we diagnose and treat their transient and chronic illnesses. We also evaluate sports injuries and other traumas. During this transition to adulthood we balance the child’s need for parental support with his/her need for confidentiality around sensitive issues.
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