Late Adolescent Checkup

(15+ Years Old)

  • Milk: nonfat or 1% milk (16-24 ounces or 2-3 cups per day).
  • Sweetened drinks (like juice, soda, Gatorade, lemonade, punch, Koolaid, etc) are not recommended.  If you drink them, limit them to no more than 8-12 ounces per day, and only once a day. Try to dink them only occasionally, not all the time.
  • It is better to drink milk and water than sugar drinks.
  • Limit fast food and junk foods.  If you eat them, do so only occasionally, not all of the time.
  • Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday.
  • Take a daily multivitamin.


  • Always use seat belts.
  • Children under 13 years old should still ride in the back seat of the car.
  • Always wear a bike helmet when riding a bicycle.
  • Gun safety: It is SAFEST not to have guns in the home with children.
  • If guns are in the home, they should be locked up, unloaded, and the ammunition kept separately.


  • Discuss dating, relationships, sex, birth control, condoms, sexually transmitted diseases, and the responsibilities of parenthood with your adolescent.
  • Teach your adolescent how to make the right decisions for him or herself.
  • If one is having sex, it is important to use condoms AND birth control.
  • For girls, pelvic exams and pap smears are recommended after age 21.


  • Discuss smoking, alcohol, and drugs.
  • Discuss drinking and driving.  Make a contract or promise not to drink and drive or get in the car with a friend who is about to drive after drinking.
  • Read everyday.
  • Limit TV and total screen time (computer, internet, video games, X-box, Play Station, Wii, etc) to no more than 2 hours per day.
  • You should get at least 1 hour of physical activity or exercise everyday.
  • You should brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Regular dental checkups every 6 months are recommended.
  • Sun protection:  Use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, with UVA and UVB protection.

Flu Vaccine:

  • All children should receive the flu vaccine every year in the fall.

Next Checkup: In 1 year

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