Health care for children and adolescents is an important medical specialty. After all, young people are growing and developing; their physiology differs from that of their parents. Here’s an overview of pediatric and adolescent medicine and where you can go in Purchase, NY, for outstanding pediatric care.
It’s a Time of Rapid Change
Ages 10 to 21 is a time of rapid physical, emotional and mental changes for kids and adolescents. While growth and development can be a joy to watch, parents also realize that some chronic health conditions, risky behaviors, such as drug use and unsafe sex, and poor health habits can happen. These problems impact young people immediately and sadly for a long term.
A pediatrician is dedicated to help parents, and their adolescents ages 15 to 21 to stay well emotionally, physically, and mentally and develop the skills they need to lead productive and healthy lives.
Services Offered by Your Adolescent Medicine Provider
Your adolescent medicine provider delivers many services important to your child’s health and overall well-being. In fact, the practice serves as a true medical home where your family can receive:
- Acute care for illnesses such as flu, pneumonia, strep throat, sinusitis, and UTIs
- Management of chronic health conditions, such as allergies, asthma, eczema, acne, and diabetes
- Routine well-child exams
- Hearing and vision testing
- Screening and referrals for learning disabilities, mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, and substance abuse problems
- Boy’s health services
- Gynecology for adolescent girls
- Wound care
- Safe and sterile ear piercing
- Vaccines and physicals required for school, work, and sports
Plus, your pediatrician maintains your youngster’s paperless chart, the transferrable documentation of tests, exams, vaccines, referrals to specialists, and vital signs and growth and development benchmarks.
Furthermore, adolescent medicine providers usually have on-site lab services, such as urinalysis, strep, mono, Lyme disease, and STD testing, blood work (including a basic metabolic panel), and more. Our doctors focus on preventive health, delivering compassionate counseling on issues such as nutrition, eating disorders, and risky behaviors, such as illicit drug and alcohol use, car and bike safety, smoking, and sexual activity.
Finally, as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO), adolescent medicine is evolving to include these care objectives: accessibility to all, acceptable to cultural norms, appropriateness for the age and development of adolescents, effectiveness in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, and equity in how care is provided to the community.
Bridge Span Medicine in Purchase, NY
Our adolescent medicine practice is dedicated to compassionate and accurate care for adolescents ages 15 to 21. We have six board-certified specialists on staff, along with support personnel who truly enjoy their young patients.
If you are looking for a new medical home for your youngster, or if your child is an existing patient and needs a check-up or other service, please call our office staff at (914) 698-5544, or request a visit online. We are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday for your convenience.