Well-child visits during adolescence
As adolescents make the transition to adulthood, they go through a remarkable amount of physical, emotional and cognitive growth. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a well-child visit, every year, for all adolescents up to age 21.
A well-child visit provides an opportunity to review your child's growth since their last appointment; discuss his or her overall health and development; and stay updated on immunizations.
These visits are acceptable for:
- Sports programs*
- College entrance
What about sports physicals?
Physicals should be more than a quick once over. Like you, we believe every child should receive the best healthcare. That's why at Gundersen Health System, your child gets a complete head-to-toe physical exam, or a well-child exam.
During adolescence, the well visit includes:
- A physical examination
- Screening tests such as blood pressure, hearing and vision
- Immunizations including Tdap booster and the HPV series to help prevent certain cancers from developing later in life
- Discussion of age-appropriate concerns, such as: relationships, physical changes of puberty, sexual behavior, birth control, substance abuse, mental health, school performance, bullying, diet and exercise
- Time alone with the primary care provider to ask questions
- Well-child visits also provide your child with an opportunity to take added responsibility over their own health and wellness.
To make the most of your visit, your child should bring:
- A few questions or concerns
- Current immunization record
- If under age 18, bring a parent or written permission with parent signature
- Insurance information
- Completed and signed sports physical form (if applicable):
Call to schedule:
Please schedule all well-child visits with your child's primary care provider in Pediatrics or Family Medicine. (ExpressCare Clinics in La Crosse and Onalaska no longer offer well-child visits for school, sports, camp or college).
Well-child visits can be scheduled year-round, but summer appointments fill up quickly, so be sure to schedule early if your child needs an exam during the summer months.
*According to the MSHSL, physical exams are valid for 3 years with a normal Annual Health Questionnaire.
According to the WIAA, a physical exam performed after April 1 is valid for the following two school years. Athletes under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or have signed parental consent.
According to the IHSAA, physical exams are valid for one calendar year. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or have signed parental consent.