Well-Child Checkups for Teens

Although many pediatricians continue to see patients until early adulthood (e.g., age 21), some children begin receiving care from a family practitioner or a specialist in adolescent medicine during their teens.

During adolescence, well visits include routine examination (e.g., heart, lungs, genitalia, skin, internal organs, reflexes, vision, hearing) and urine tests. In many cases, they also include making sure immunizations are up to date, especially before the teen enters college.

During wellness exams, many doctors focus on making sure adolescents maintain healthy habits and avoid risky behavior. Your teen's physician may ask him or her about smoking, drug and alcohol use, and sexual activity, and look for signs of emotional or psychological distress. Annual wellness exams can help make sure your teen enters adulthood with good health habits and a sense of responsibility about his or her well-being.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 28 Aug 2008

Last Modified: 13 Oct 2011