Adolescent Health Specialist

Cardinal Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Lowell, MA & Chelmsford, MA

Adolescence is a crucial time between childhood and adulthood. To help your child grow up healthy, the team at Cardinal Pediatrics offers comprehensive adolescent health care services. They focus on the unique needs of preteens and teens and provide services like physical exams, chronic disease management, immunizations, and contraceptive counseling. To schedule an adolescent health appointment, call the office in Lowell or Chelmsford, Massachusetts, or book a consultation online today.

Adolescent Health Q & A

What is adolescent health?

Adolescent health focuses on the unique stages of growth and development that children go through as they head toward adulthood. These stages impact their physical health, mental health, emotional health, and cognitive learning.

The team at Cardinal Pediatrics offers comprehensive adolescent health services to help preteens and teens navigate many aspects of their life, so they can grow into healthy adults.

What types of adolescent health services are available?

Cardinal Pediatrics offers comprehensive health services for adolescent girls and boys including:

  • Physical exams
  • School physicals
  • Sports physicals
  • Sick visits
  • Immunizations
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screenings

Services are also available to help adolescents manage acute and chronic health conditions, like colds, allergies, and asthma. On-site diagnostic testing services provide fast, accurate answers, and the team customizes treatment plans to help kids feel better.

In addition to routine health care, the team can address many issues that influence adolescents, such as sexual activity and substance abuse. They also provide specialized care for girls with menstruation concerns, such as irregular, heavy, or painful periods.

Cardinal Pediatrics offers mental health screenings for depression and anxiety and behavioral evaluations for conditions like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

The team can also provide exercise recommendations and diet and nutritional counseling services to help kids grow up healthy and strong.

What happens during an adolescent health appointment?

During an adolescent health appointment, the Cardinal Pediatrics team reviews information about your child’s personal and family medical histories, their current health, and any new symptoms they have.

During a physical exam, the team notes important details about your child’s health, such as their height, weight, and blood pressure. They may also request bloodwork or other diagnostic testing to ensure your child is healthy. 

The team ensures your child is up to date with immunizations against tetanus, chickenpox, hepatitis, and other contagious diseases.

If your daughter has concerns about her menstrual cycle, the team offers pelvic exams to check for abnormalities in her reproductive organs. They also offer contraceptive counseling services to regulate periods and prevent unintended pregnancies.

For sexually active teens, STD testing is available. The team can also discuss important adolescent topics like peer pressure about sex, drugs, alcohol use, smoking, and other risky behaviors.

To schedule an adolescent health appointment, call the Cardinal Pediatrics office nearest you today, or schedule a consultation online.