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Health Screening: Finding Health Problems Early - Screening, 13 to 18 Years

It's important for your teen to continue to have regularly scheduled checkups. At each well-child visit, the doctor will check your teen's growth and development and examine him or her for possible problems.

Checks at well-child visits include:

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  • School and behavioral concerns, such as failing classes or dropping out of school, relationship problems with friends and family that affect home or school life, severe mood swings, lack of interest in normal activities and withdrawal from others, being physically aggressive, becoming sexually active, and using tobacco or drugs.
  • Blood pressure. It is important for your child to have his or her blood pressure checked every year. After age 21, he or she can follow the adult blood pressure screening guidelines.
  • Hearing.
  • Scoliosis.
  • Vision.
  • Height, weight, and body mass index (BMI).

Dental checkups are recommended for all teens once or twice a year.

Other tests

Other tests may include:

For more information on the milestones of teen growth and development, see:

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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