Fourteen Year Visit
We will measure height, weight, and blood pressure. With parents, we will discuss healthy eating, physical activity, sleep, independence, safety, and family life. A vision screen is performed. Teenage developmental issues are school performance, peer relationships, discovery of personal interests, managing emotions, managing exposure to alcohol and drugs, managing romantic feelings and relationships, and balancing independence and family responsibility.
We will speak to the adolescent privately to discuss any physical concerns and to discuss family and peer relationships. These discussions are confidential with the teenager, unless a serious health or legal issue requires communication with the parent. The law in Connecticut provides that information on sexuality, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, birth control, and initial mental health and substance abuse treatment can be provided confidentially to adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17. We encourage parents to ask us any questions regarding these confidentiality issues. The best medical care takes place when adolescents can speak to providers confidentially and then share important decisions and information with their parents on their own.
Immunization: Gardasil (HPV) is strongly recommended if not already completed.