Part of normal adolescence is the development of new relationships. Teens have strong ties with peers and also began to have romantic relationships. Many teens also choose to start having sex. In fact nearly half (47%) of all high school students have had sex before. With sex comes consequences: intense feelings, possible heart break, as well as the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Unfortunately, 15-24 year old’s account for almost half of the 19 million new sexually transmitted infections (STI) that occur each year (even though this age group is only a quarter of the US population), but I want to be clear that any person who has sex is at risk for an STI. In this post, I’ll focus on gonorrhea. Read full post »
Pregnant teens have three options when they are pregnant: They can terminate the pregnancy, or they can carry the pregnancy to term and either raise the child or arrange for an adoption. No matter what happens, this is a decision and a time your teen will always remember. You’ll remember it, too.
It’s vital that you never coerce or force your teen into a choice about her pregnancy. Not only will she be left feeling powerless, but she may feel betrayed by you; that’s not something either of you should have to live with. However, your input and guidance may help her through a difficult time. If there is a choice you are hoping she will make, or one that falls in line with the values of your family, tell her, while making it clear that it’s her decision and you will respect the one she makes.
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This is the start of an entire series on sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) in teens. Rather than starting the series with gruesome pictures or detailed descriptions of specific infections, let’s talk a bit about teens and sexuality. Read full post »
Male teenagers who are involved in a teen pregnancy often don’t get much attention. And yet while the young woman bears the physical effects, a pregnancy takes two people. If your teen son is involved in a pregnancy, his reaction may surprise you. He may be expecting to do absolutely nothing regarding this pregnancy and “let her take care of it”, or he may be planning to get married and help raise the child. He may have no idea what he wants. He may feel angry, excited, miserable, joyful, apathetic, guilty, or a confusing combination of emotions. If this pregnancy is unwanted, as many teen pregnancies are, he may be having visions of a “worst case scenario”- whatever that means to him. Read full post »
The Fall sports are well under way, in fact football and soccer are wrapping up. I have seen many teens coming through our clinic with sports related injuries so wanted to spend some time on concussion again.
When a teen has an injury like an ankle sprain, they rest. It is painful to walk around, so they are forced to take a break from play, use ice, ibuprofen, and relax for a few days. Concussions are injury to the brain. Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to take a break from using our mind, but in order for a concussion to heal, rest is exactly what is needed.
In this blog video, Dr. Monique Burton goes over several things you can do to ensure your teen takes the appropriate amount of time needed to heal from concussion.
Finding out that your teen is pregnant, or has gotten somebody pregnant, is usually quite a shock. There are some situations and cultures in which you’re not shocked, and may be okay with the news, in which case your path will be easier. But many parents find themselves reeling at the news. You may feel angry, sad, hurt, astonished, betrayed, scared, confused, disappointed- or a mix of any of these emotions and more. Your kid pregnant- or fathering a child- and yet they are still a kid. You still pay their bills, and weather their bad moods, and sometimes are still driving them around. How did this happen?
The media coverage of the presidential election only happens every 4 years so I wanted to talk a bit about voting. One of the most special characteristics of our country is the right to vote. Regardless or your political party affiliation, voting is an amazing right that many American’s (women, minorities) had to fight hard for. Even though people under age 18 can’t vote, that doesn’t mean they won’t live with the consequences of this year’s election. Read full post »