What is adolescent medicine?
Adolescent medicine is a subspecialty of pediatrics that focuses on the unique health care needs of pre-teens and teenagers. During these major transitional periods, kids experience the bodily changes of puberty as well as social, emotional, and behavioral growth. They need specialized care that acknowledges these developments.
You don’t need to find a new pediatrician once your child reaches adolescence. At Kid Care Pediatrics, Dr. Goldstein can provide your child with the age-specific care they need from birth until they turn 19.
After years of building a trusting relationship with them, he can answer your child’s questions about their medical and emotional issues and provide them with the guidance they need. He can help you, and your adolescent navigate their teenage years and any health complications that arise during them.
What types of care do adolescents need?
Dr. Goldstein has extensive training in helping adolescents through a variety of issues that are new to them. With the hormonal changes of puberty, your adolescent may be experiencing new emotions that are more in-depth than childhood emotions. They might also have questions or concerns about their bodies as they change during puberty and after puberty.
Dr. Goldstein can help your adolescent learn about and deal with:
- Mood disorders
- Eating disorders and nutrition
- Learning disorders
- Sleep issues
- Sexual development
- Menstruation and menstrual issues
- Social pressure
- Aches and pains
Dr. Goldstein continues to provide annual physical exams for your son or daughter throughout adolescence. He also provides sports physicals for athletic adolescents to make sure they’re physically ready to participate in their favorite sports and activities.
What should I expect at an adolescent medicine visit?
During your adolescent’s visits to Kid Care Pediatrics, Dr. Goldstein encourages them to be open and honest about their concerns. Like other pediatric visits, adolescent visits begin with a discussion of your child’s medical history. Then, Dr. Goldstein conducts a standard physical exam and addresses any specific symptoms or needs.
Typically, adolescent visits involve more questions and discussion than a child’s pediatric visit. Your adolescent can ask questions about their health. He also tries to spend some one-on-one time with your adolescent to respect their privacy and address issues they consider to be confidential.
If your child needs treatment for a mental or physical health condition, Dr. Goldstein helps them choose a treatment they can follow and stick to. If the treatment is ongoing, he monitors their progress and can make adjustments when necessary.
If your adolescent needs care for a specific condition or if it’s time for another checkup, call Kid Care Pediatrics or book an appointment online today.