Teenagers go through a lot of changes – physically and emotionally. From pimples, puberty, periods, to peer pressure, mood changes, and issues at home or school, teens (and parents) have a lot of questions. We’re here to help.
What is an adolescent medicine specialist?
An adolescent medicine specialist is a pediatrician who has three additional years of training working solely with teens and young adults to cover any health questions they may have.
Adolescent medicine specialists focus on overall health, including physical and mental health, relationships, adapting to social changes, life at home and at school, and reproductive health. They help teens begin to make their own medical decisions and navigate the health care system. At UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, our adolescent health specialist also has received additional training in LGBTQ+ care.
What is a typical visit like for a teen?
At the Adolescent Clinic, one of the most common questions we are asked is, “Are the changes I’m going through normal?” We know there are some questions that you may not feel comfortable asking your parents or other trusted adults, which is why every visit includes private, confidential time with your doctor. This allows you the opportunity to ask difficult questions so we can help keep you as healthy as possible.
How can parents help your teenager?
As parents, you are an important part of your child’s development, and our team will work hand-in-hand with you to ensure the best care possible for your child as they transition into adulthood.
Vaping: What you need to know
While vaping has been around for over a decade, the rates for usage among youth have increased significantly in the last few years. According to the CDC, the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018—a difference of about 1.5 million youth.
So what is vaping? What do we know about vaping related illness? How can you talk to your child about the dangers of vaping? Dr. Michael Colburn, Adolescent Medicine Specialist with University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, is here to help answer all your questions.