The adolescent health services at Forest Pediatrics focus on the unique needs of tweens and teens as they develop and mature. Murray Fershtman, MD, a board-certified pediatrician, and the staff offer comprehensive adolescent care at the office in The Woodlands, Texas. Dr. Fershtman ensures that your child is in good health and enjoys building a solid foundation that encourages proactive health care. He also addresses complex adolescent-specific issues and offers in-office screenings for drug use, anxiety, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Call Forest Pediatrics, or book an adolescent health consultation online today.
Adolescence describes the period of life between childhood and adulthood, generally ages 9-18. Throughout the adolescent stage, your child goes through rapid change and growth on a physical, cognitive, and psychological level.
The different phases of development affect how your child feels, thinks, and interacts socially. Without the right support, adolescents may be at increased risk for academic problems, self-harm, substance abuse, and unintended pregnancy.
Adolescent health services focus on preventive health care, routine screenings, and a general evaluation of your child’s physical, mental, and emotional health.
To address the changing needs of your adolescent, Dr. Fershtman and the team at Forest Pediatrics offer a variety of in-office services. He provides routine physicals to evaluate and track changes in your child’s general health and development.
Your child can also receive comprehensive preventive screenings for complex mental and psychological health issues, like anxiety and depression. Dr. Fershtman can evaluate and monitor your child’s life skills, social skills, and success at school. He also offers comprehensive screenings for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Additional adolescent services available include:
Vaccinations that protect against contagious diseases like meningococcal meningitis, hepatitis B, and chickenpox are available. Forest Pediatrics also offers Gardasil®9 vaccine to protect males and females from human papillomavirus (HPV) infections.
Dr. Fershtman can address your child’s sexual health and development, too. He offers on-site testing for STDs and can discuss aspects of sexuality and reproductive health with your child at an age-appropriate level.
As part of your child’s adolescent health checkup, Dr. Fershtman also helps your child make healthy choices about their diet, nutrition, and exercise routines. He can provide resources to improve their performance in a chosen sport or activity and reduce their risk of injury.
Adolescent health at Forest Pediatrics provides Dr. Fershtman with the opportunity to connect with your adolescent child and discuss a variety of topics that impact their life.
By addressing substance abuse, tobacco use, and peer pressure, Dr. Fershtman can determine if your child needs additional support so that they can stay safe and healthy. Identifying troubling issues in the earliest stages can ensure your teen receives the resources they need to feel good, build their confidence, and reduce their risk for risky or reckless behaviors.
To schedule an adolescent health consultation for your tween or teen, call Forest Pediatrics, or book an appointment online today.