What is an adolescent well-child visit?
A well-child visit is a yearly checkup with a healthcare provider for young people ages 11 to 21. The goal is to keep your child healthy. A well-child visit also allows young people to have their important health questions answered.
What happens at a well-child visit?
Your healthcare provider (such as a doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner)
- Conducts a physical exam, height/weight and blood pressure check
- Checks for behavioral and mental health concerns
- Gives advice and support on staying healthy (such as healthy eating, physical activity, healthy relationships, stress management)
- Gives immunizations as needed
Why is the well-child visit important—even when my adolescent is feeling well?
A well-child visit helps maintain good health. A well-child visit is an important opportunity to discuss healthy development and other important information with adolescents and parents or caregivers.
A well-child visit helps adolescents develop skills. Spending time alone with healthcare provider lets young people learn to:
- Take charge of their health
- Building trusting relationships with their providers
- Discuss health topics important to them
A well-child visit also helps families communicate better and lets families help adolescents understand their health history—and learn how to schedule appointments.
To learn more about the well-child visit or to find a healthcare provider, call 603-788-2521.
Weeks is committed to supporting the health and well-being of young people and their families.
Call 603-788-5095 to schedule your child’s well-child visit.