Teens and Health Care

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preparing teenagers for independence and adulthood brings many challenges for parents teaching teens to drive and looking at colleges to name just a couple. Helping teens take care of their health care is another step toward independence. Dr. Edward Hill gives some help on this subject in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Among the hurdles in helping teens toward adulthood is helping them start managing their own health care.

It can be hard to let go after all, youve probably been handling the doctors appointments, prescriptions, immunizations and countless other medical concerns since birth. But its important to guide teens toward taking on this responsibility.

And keep in mind that the decisions made in the teen years about things like alcohol, drugs, healthy eating, exercise, sex and smoking can have long-term consequences. Becoming more invested in their own health care lets teens learn more about and understand the potential outcomes of choices they make now.

It can begin by talking about medical topics in age-appropriate ways with your kids; for instance, discussing medications they take or teaching teens with chronic conditions ways to help care for their medical equipment.

Its also wise to talk about health insurance and medical records to older teens so theyre ready to deal with those issues when they get out on their own.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.