Pediatricians located in Los Gatos, CA
Pediatrics isn’t just health care for babies and toddlers. Adolescents are growing and changing at enormous rates and deserve special health care, too. Dr. Belinda Milford, Dr. Iris Li, and Dr. Joseph Gali at LG Pediatrics offer their expertise to South Bay teens at LG Pediatrics in Los Gatos, California. Call the office to make an appointment.
Adolescent Care Q & A
How often should a teenager visit a doctor?
Annual exams are important to healthy tweens and teens. Young people with chronic conditions may need to come to LG Pediatrics more often.
An adolescent may also come in for special reasons, such as a need for a sports or school physical, acne treatment, illnesses, menstrual irregularities, or sports injuries.
What happens at a well visit for an adolescent?
The doctors at LG Pediatrics check a teen’s vitals, including blood pressure and pulse. The staff makes a note of their height and weight to ensure they’re in a healthy range and not at risk of obesity or high cholesterol.
A teen may also undergo blood tests, to check for anemia or other chronic health problems. Teens may also need booster shots for diseases, including:
- Chicken pox
An annual exam is the time to bring up any issues with chronic pain or health questions. This includes knee pain or headaches, common ailments for teens.
What behavioral and social concerns can be addressed at a pediatric visit?
The doctors may also discuss other concerns that might arise for teens, including:
- Body image
- Driving safety
- Substance abuse
- Unprotected sex
- Social pressures
With decades of experience, the doctors at LG Pediatrics understand that many of these issues aren’t always easy for teens to discuss. They do communicate to teens that ignoring potential health problems or failing to discuss risky behavior can endanger long-term health and wellbeing. They aren’t there to judge, but to help treat and prevent major – and minor – health crises.
What can I expect at a sports physical?
A sports physical is like an annual exam. The doctors look at your fitness to play and ensure any lingering illnesses or previous injuries are resolved. Make an appointment for a sports physical about 6 weeks in advance of play to make sure you’re ready to join the team.
Is information shared with the doctors confidential?
Any information a teen shares with a doctor is confidential, as long as it isn’t information that puts the teen or another in danger. They can be assured that questions about sexuality and sexual behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, physical development, and other sensitive issues won’t become public knowledge.