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 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 school, sports, camp and college physicals.
During adolescence, well-child visits include:
- 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, encourage your adolescent to bring a few questions or concerns, as well as any school or sports forms that they need completed.
Call to schedule a well-child visit:
Gundersen Pediatrics - La Crosse: (608) 775-6766
Gundersen Pediatrics – Onalaska: (608) 775-8138
Family Medicine – multiple clinic locations: (608) 782-7300
ExpressCare Clinics in La Crosse and Onalaska are no longer offering physicals for school, sports, camp or college. Please schedule all physicals and well-child visits with your child's primary care provider in Pediatrics or Family Medicine.
Our Pediatrics team offers convenient evening and weekend hours to fit your busy schedule. 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.