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Adolescent Care

HG Pediatrics

Homero Garza, MD

Pediatrician located in Houston, TX

Children between the ages of 10 and 21 have specific developmental needs and require specialized care to be as healthy as possible. Homero Garza, MD, and the team at HG Pediatrics specialize in adolescent care in Houston, Texas. For excellent, compassionate care for your child as they transition into adulthood, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Adolescent Care Q & A

What is adolescent care?

Adolescent care is specialized care for children transitioning into young adulthood, between the ages of 10 and 21. Children, teens, and young adults in this age range have specific needs that require focused assessment, education, and understanding. 

The HG Pediatrics team tailors each of their regular pediatric services to the needs of adolescents, including: 

In every case, the team takes into account the developmental, emotional, educational, and physical needs of this age group as they provide pediatric care throughout their childhood. 

They strive to build a trusting relationship with each patient, so they develop a strong desire to live the healthiest life possible. 

What specialized services does adolescent care include?

HG Pediatrics provides excellent adolescent care with its specialized services, including:

  • Self-care education 
  • Mental health assessment
  • Stress and anxiety management 
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Birth control and contraception counseling
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) and safe sex education 
  • HIV prevention and testing
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder management 
  • Eating disorder assessment and counseling
  • Obesity evaluation and support 
  • Drug and substance abuse 
  • Gynecological health  

Adolescent-focused care encourages teens and young adults to be involved in their health care and to take responsibility for their health. It also emphasizes open communication about difficult topics, like sexual health, depression, and anxiety. 

How can I support my adolescent's health? 

As a parent, you can help support your adolescent's health by first modeling healthy habits, and by practicing regular health maintenance yourself. You can also promote their general wellness by:

  • Scheduling regular well-child visits and physicals
  • Providing healthy options for food and drink at home
  • Encouraging open communication about difficult topics
  • Affirming positive, healthy decisions 
  • Educating yourself on signs of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse
  • Seeking medical attention when you see concerning symptoms
  • Scheduling a sick visit when they aren't feeling well or aren't improving
  • Encouraging trust in their pediatric provider

You can do a lot as a parent to support your healthy adolescent, and the HG Pediatrics team is here to help you through every stage of your child's development, from newborn through young adult. 

For expert adolescent care, call or schedule an appointment online with HG Pediatrics today.