The Importance of Adolescent Care
Your teen is going through so many changes during adolescence, and it’s important to have a doctor that can understand these changes and also provide your teen with the understanding and compassionate care they need. From dietary recommendations to weight management and contraception, there are many things that our pediatricians here at Nova Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine can offer to your teen when it comes to their health and wellbeing.
Just like newborns and adults require different types of care and medical treatment, adolescents also require unique and individualized care that focuses on every aspect of their lives, from mental and social to physical and emotional health. Some of the unique aspects that a pediatrician can focus on based on a teen’s needs include,
- Substance abuse
- Sexual health and contraception
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Eating disorders
- Weight loss issues and nutritional problems
- Academic problems and concerns
- Depression, anxiety and mental health disorders
- Smoking use
If you’ve turned to our pediatricians for your teen’s care from the moment they were born, we know everything about their medical history and health. We understand the impact that chronic health problems can have on adolescence and we can provide them with proper medical care and treatment options to make living with chronic conditions easier. Your teen’s quality of life is just as important as their physical health.
Why is adolescent care important?
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it bears mentioning that your teen is going through so many changes. Puberty can be an overwhelming and confusing time. Our pediatricians understand this and can happily provide answers to any questions your teen may wish to ask.
We also provide a listening and understanding ear. Certain topics such as alcohol use or sex may be more difficult for teens to bring up with parents, but they may be more comfortable talking about these topics with a non-judgmental medical professional.