Preventative Health Care
We offer well child visits at regular intervals. As a standard of practice we follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics for well child visits. Click Here to see the preventative care schedule for this age range.
During the teen years, your child is becoming an adult and their whole world is changing rapidly. While it may be easiest to allow your child to attend their well child visits without you it is still best that a parent or legal guardian, rather than a relative or friend, accompany your child to our office. We feel that this is especially important at the preventative care visits (“well child visits”) since we cover many issues and problems with which the parents would be more able to discuss. Please note, that your child at this stage of their lives legally have the right to privacy with regard to certain issues (see note below). You may be asked at visits to leave the exam room so your child and the provider may speak privately.
Preventative care for the 13 to 18 year old involves annual assessments of your teen’s nutritional, educational, emotional, lifestyle, and physical health, and are important to the health of your child. You will find that our providers require you to be able to answer a wide range of questions about your child which are specific to the age of your child. They also ask your teen to answer questions regarding their health. These answers are the key to guiding our providers in the care and treatment of your child and of course keeping your child healthy.
At 19 or graduation from High School, whichever comes later, your teen will also “graduate” from our practice. We hate to see them grow and go as much as you do but your child at this point in their lives will be better served by a physician who cares for adults. We will assist you in maintaining continuity of care for any ongoing medical problems they might have.
An important note about confidentiality: By law a pediatrician must hold in confidence any information related to sexual activity, substance use, tobacco use, and emotional issues obtained from a patient if confidentiality is requested, unless the child’s health is in immediate and significant danger. Ask us if you have any questions regarding confidentiality laws.