Your teen needs to have a “well-child” visit once a year
A well-child visit is when you bring your teen to our office for a full checkup to make sure they’re healthy and developing normally. This is different from other visits for illness or injury.
Bring any medical records you have to your appointment, including a record of vaccines (shots) your teen has received.
Make a list of any important changes in your teen’s life since the last visit, like a:
- New brother or sister
- Separation or divorce
- New school or a move to a new neighborhood
- Serious illness or death of a friend or family member
Before the well-child visit, take the time to write down three to five questions. This visit is a great opportunity to ask us any questions about:
- A health condition your teen has (like acne or asthma)
- Changes in your teen’s behavior or mood
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Your teen’s sexual development
- Tobacco, alcohol, or drug use
- Problems at school (like learning challenges or not wanting to go to school)
Our certified healthcare providers are here to listen and to advise you and your teen about maintaining good health. An important part of that is making sure your teen stays up-to-date on his/her immunizations.