Adolescent Health

Grossmont Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in La Mesa, CA

Children navigating their adolescent years have specific needs that deserve the attention and guidance of an experienced physician. Board Certified Providers at Grossmont Pediatrics in La Mesa understand those needs and use patient, compassionate approach to treating your growing child. Many adolescent health services are available, including drug and alcohol assessments, mental health evaluations, and comprehensive physical exams, to ensure your child is growing into a healthy, happy adult. Schedule a visit for your child by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Adolescent Health Q&A

What services are available for adolescent health?

The Board Certified Providers at Grossmont Pediatrics offer a variety of adolescent health care services for children and young adults, ages 10-20. It’s during these ages that many children establish behavior patterns that determine their current health status and their risk for developing diseases and chronic health conditions as an adult.

To prevent negative behaviors from impacting your child’s future, the providers offer services that address:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Substance abuse
  • Smoking prevention
  • School problems
  • Unplanned pregnancies
  • Sexually-transmitted disease prevention
  • Quality nutrition and good eating habits
  • Assessment of mental health disorders

The Board Certified Providers at Grossmont Pediatrics can discuss many other issues that influence your child’s health and welfare as they navigate through the teen years.

Why are adolescent health services important?

As adolescents go through the physical changes of puberty and transition into young adulthood, they’re at a critical point of development.

The providers offer comprehensive services to evaluate and monitor your child’s physical, mental, and emotional state through these changes. The assessment and treatment goals are to prevent a lifelong struggle with social issues and health conditions and ensure your child lives a happy and healthy life.

In addition to addressing specific issues affecting adolescents, your child also receives regular comprehensive wellness exams to identify potential medical issues as early as possible.

What can I expect during my child’s wellness exam?

The Board Certified Providers at Grossmont Pediatrics first take the time needed to discuss specific topics with your child, including school performance, friends and family, sexual activity, and use of illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.

Following the discussion, your provider performs a physical exam to check your child’s development and overall health. This exam also helps her identify abnormalities or areas of concern so further testing isn’t delayed.

Wellness exams are also the right time for your child to receive vaccinations, updates to any prescription medicines they take, and for your provider to address your concerns about your child’s health and well-being.

Your provider may also request certain medical tests based on your child’s health history, your family history, and other risk factors for conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Learn more about the benefits of adolescent health services by calling Grossmont Pediatrics directly or using the convenient online booking feature.