Young people between the ages of 10 and 19 years – are often thought of as a healthy group. Nevertheless, many adolescents do die prematurely due to accidents, suicide, violence, pregnancy related complications and other illnesses that are either preventable or treatable. Many more suffer chronic ill-health and disability. In addition, many serious diseases in adulthood have their roots in adolescence. For example, tobacco use, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, poor eating and exercise habits, lead to illness or premature death later in life.
All health problems your adolescent child might have can be treated. The problem is letting it go undiagnosed or untreated until it develops into a very serious or more problematic situation. To prevent this from happening to your child or children please make sure that they get regular examinations and preventative upgrades by your family physician.