Adolescent Health

Comprehensive Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Edison, NJ

As teenagers go through puberty and become adults, they undergo many physical, mental, and emotional changes. It’s important teenagers have access to preventive primary care and occasional sick visits or urgent care treatment. That’s why the physicians at Comprehensive Pediatrics in Edison, New Jersey, offer specialized adolescent health services. They monitor your child’s health and help them navigate the changes and challenges of adolescence. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Adolescent Health Q & A

What does adolescent health include?

Teenagers face the same health issues as younger children. However, as they grow up, your teenager’s health needs begin to change. 

Sexual health

Around half of teenagers are sexually active. Comprehensive Pediatrics can provide sexual health services, including birth control prescriptions and STD testing and treatment. 

Mental health

Around 20% of American teenagers have a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Comprehensive Pediatrics screens for mental health symptoms during annual exams and can provide treatment to help your child lead a healthy life. 

Weight and nutrition

More than 20% of American teens aged 12-19 are obese, which increases their risk of a wide range of health problems. The doctors offer specialized weight management services to help your child lose weight and improve their health. 

Physical exams

Your teenager should have an annual exam so your doctor can monitor their overall health and development. A yearly check-up allows your doctor to identify any changes in their physical, mental, or emotional health. They can also complete school or sports physicals. 

Urgent care

If your teenager gets sick or injures themselves, Comprehensive Pediatrics offers urgent care services. The practice is open seven days a week and provides telehealth appointments for your convenience. 

Chronic care

Almost half of adolescents have a chronic health issue such as asthma, allergies, or diabetes. Comprehensive Pediatrics offers adolescent chronic care services to help your child manage their condition. 

Why do teenagers need specialized medical care?

Teenagers undergo significant physical, mental, and emotional changes as they transition into adulthood. They need care from experienced physicians who understand these changes and can monitor their health appropriately.

Additionally, the doctors are a valuable resource for young people with questions about their changing bodies. They provide information about what to expect during puberty and how to respect, care for, and protect their bodies. 

What vaccines does adolescent health care include?

Children get most of their immunizations during the early childhood years. However, there are a few vaccines that require booster shots, such as a flu shot every year and a tetanus booster every 10 years.

You could also consider the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for your child, and many colleges require immunizations for meningococcal diseases. 

Call Comprehensive Pediatrics or make an appointment online today for expert adolescent health care.