Parent Information (15 - 17 years)

We encourage all parents to schedule well-child appointments.

Vaccines

View our Immunization schedule.

If your child seems uncomfortable, we recommend giving a dose of Tylenol. This can be repeated once every 4 hours as needed.

General Information

Continue to show affection to your adolescent and maintain a positive relationship. Praise his achievements and model the behavior you want your adolescent to have. Emphasize the importance of school and creating long-term goals. Communicate on a daily basis, sharing your expectations, and helping your teen resist pressures regarding drugs, alcohol, and sex. Teach non-violent conflict resolution and how to build healthy relationships. Help your child deal with stress by teaching him how to think through solutions and learning how to see things from others points of view. Teach him that many difficult times are temporary.

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Physical Development

Most girls this age have already had their first menses and hit their peak growth spurt. For boys, their growth spurt may be just beginning, along with associated physical changes. Appearance is often a significant concern for teens. Talk to your teen about the changes s/he is experiencing. Reinforce development of a positive self-image.

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Discipline

Know where your teen is and who his friends are. Set limits and have consequences, but encourage independent decision making. For driving, set limits by restricting the number of passengers and the amount of night driving allowed. Also, talk about how to minimize distracted driving.

Encourage your teen to limit screen time (TV, video, DVD, computer - other than for homework) by setting rules and suggesting alternatives.

Talk to your child about risk-taking behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, as well as sex. You are a much better source of information than his friends, and you can help him make a plan to resist pressures and avoid risky situations.

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Sleep and Dietary Needs

Try to ensure your teen is getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet and getting daily exercise. Family meals are helpful for good eating habits and daily communication.

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