2. Check your teen's blood pressure and possibly hearing.
3. Give a screening test to check for signs of depression.
4. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about your
Eating. Teens should begin making healthy food choices on their
own. Explain that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and avoiding
sweet, salty, and fatty foods not only is better nutritionally but will support a
healthy weight. Calcium and
iron are important for the growth
spurts of adolescence. Aim for three daily servings of low-fat dairy products (or
dairy alternatives) to provide 1,300 milligrams of calcium. Include enough lean meats,
poultry, and seafood in the diet to reach 8 milligrams of iron per day.
Sleeping. Teens need about 9
to 11 hours of sleep per night. Poor
sleep is common and can hurt grades and athletic performance. Biological changes
make teens want to stay up later, but early school start times can make it hard for
them to get enough sleep. Encourage your child to follow a relaxing bedtime routine,
and keep TVs and all digital devices out of your teen's bedroom.
not always connect their actions with future consequences
want to be independent and fit in with peers
focus on personal appearance and behavior
want to engage in risky behaviors
5. Do a physical exam. This will include looking at the skin,
listening to the heart and lungs, checking the back for any curvature
of the spine, and looking for puberty development.
A parent, caregiver, or chaperone should be present during this part of the exam,
but siblings should remain outside in the waiting room to give your teen privacy.
6. Update immunizations.Immunizations
can protect people from serious illnesses, so it's important that your teen get them
on time. Immunization
schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to
Teens should always wear a seatbelt
while in a vehicle. Tell your teen to never get into a car with a driver who has been
drinking or doing drugs. Instead, let your teen know to always call you for help.
Remind your teen to wear a helmet while riding
a bike, skateboard, or scooter.
Teens should apply
sunscreen of SPF 30 at least 15 minutes before going outside and reapply
about every 2 hours.
Monitor your teen's Internet
usage. Keep the family computer in a place where you
can watch what your teen is doing. Install safety filters and check the browser history
to see what websites your teen has visited.
Prevent gun injuries
by not keeping a gun in the home. If you do have a gun, keep it unloaded and locked
away. Ammunition should be locked up separately. Make sure kids cannot access the
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about your living situation.
Do you have the things that you need to take care of your teen? Do you have enough
food, a safe place to live, and health
insurance? Your doctor can tell you about community resources or refer you to
a social worker.
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.