Well Visit, 12 Years to Young Teen: Care Instructions

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Spend some time with your teen doing what they like to do.

Let your teen know that you are always willing to talk. And listen carefully.

Forming healthy eating habits

  • Make meals a time to connect.
  • Offer fruits and vegetables at meals and snacks.
  • Limit fast food. Help your teen make healthier food choices when you eat out.
  • Offer water instead of drinks high in sugar or caffeine.
  • Put away electronic devices.

Practicing healthy habits

  • Encourage your teen to be active for at least 1 hour each day. Ride bikes or walk together, if you can.
  • Limit screen time.
  • Do not smoke or allow others to smoke around your teen.
  • Help your teen to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

Keeping your teen safe

  • Wear your seat belt to show your teen that it's important.
  • Teach that drinking alcohol and doing drugs can be harmful. Tell your teen to call for a ride if the person driving was drinking or doing drugs.
  • Make sure your teen wears a helmet that fits well when riding a bike or scooter.
  • If you have guns, lock them up unloaded. Lock ammunition away from guns.
  • Remind your teen to be careful online. Talk about what's safe and not safe to share online.

Parenting your teen

  • Try to accept the natural changes in your teen and your relationship with your teen.
  • Respect your teen's privacy. Be clear about any safety concerns you have.
  • Set realistic rules with clear consequences. But be reasonable as your teen tries to do things without you.
  • Tell your teen why you think school is important. Show interest in your teen's school.

Talking about sex

  • Start talking about sex early. This will make it less awkward each time.
  • Discuss your values and beliefs. Your teen can use your values to develop their own set of beliefs.
  • Talk about condom use and birth control before your teen is sexually active. Talk about unwanted pregnancy.
  • Talk to your teen about common STIs (sexually transmitted infections).

Getting vaccines

Make sure your teen gets all the recommended vaccines.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

Where can you learn more?

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