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Why Choose Emed Pediatrics?

Adolescent medicine or hebiatrics is a medical subspecialty that focuses on care of patients who are in the adolescent period of development, generally ranging from the last years of elementary school until graduation from high school.

Adolescent Medicine is our specialty in caring for young people 10 to 21 years of age. Our comprehensive Adolescent Medicine team is expert in attending to the physical, emotional and social needs of people from puberty through young adulthood, and provides consultation, diagnosis and treatment for health issues that commonly arise during these years.

As a Result Adolescent Medicine is important as your child becomes older, his or her health needs change. At Emed Pediatrics of Jacksonville, our doctors and staff are highly trained in adolescent medicine. In addition we even offer exam rooms specifically for adolescents and young adults.

Because it’s important for teens to discuss sensitive health issues, and our pediatricians provide a safe, comfortable environment for your pre-teen, teenager, or young adult to and receive advice and treatment appropriate for his or her specific age group.

Adolescent Medicine we encourage them to discuss with us include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Obesity and weight management
  • Menstruation, and menstrual disorders
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Birth control
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Vaginal infections

Especially relevant should your child need a referral to an OB/GYN or mental health provider, we will gladly make a recommendation to a qualified provider upon your request.

Our comprehensive adolescent medicine services include:

Preventive care:

  • Well-Child visits
  • Immunizations, including HPV vaccine
  • School and sports physicals
  • Health screening tests

Therefore diagnosis and treatment of adolescent health conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Acne
  • Asthma and allergies
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Eczema
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Breast conditions
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Broken bones
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Same-day sick visits and after hours care
  • Onsite lab services
  • Medical care for acute and chronic illness
  • Pubertal and menstrual concerns
  • Family planning services
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Behavioral Issues and Interventions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Smoking/Tobacco Cessation Classes

Adolescent Medicine

As a result of the process of making these changes adolescents are experimenting and testing limits. In the dependence-independence struggles, the choices adolescents make can affect their health for the rest of their life.

Finally Issues with a high prevalence during adolescence are frequently addressed by providers. These include:

  • Sexually transmitted disease (working with specialists in pediatric endocrinology, adolescent obstetrics and gynecology, immunology infectious diseases, and urology and reproductive medicine)
  • Also Unintended pregnancy (working with specialists in adolescent obstetrics and gynecology, especially in neonatology and maternal-fetal medicine; many – though not all – are medically risky or high-risk cases or to those with psychosocial, environmental, and socioeconomic challenges)
  • Birth control (there is currently[when?] a drive in the United States federal government’s health care policymaking to ensure access to any and all prescription or non-prescription contraceptive methods to adolescent minors who request them, especially if they are over a certain age)
  • Sexual activity (such as masturbation, sexual intercourse and sexual abuse)
  • As well as Substance abuse
  • Menstrual disorders (such as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea and dysfunctional uterine bleeding)
  • In addition Acne (working with specialists in dermatology who treat adolescents)
  • Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa (working with nutritionists and dieticians, and also specialists in pediatric mental health counseling, clinical psychology, and pediatric psychiatry, who work with adolescents)
  • Certain mental illnesses (especially personality disorders, anxiety disorders, major depression and suicide, bipolar disorder, and certain types of schizophrenia; in concert with mental health counselors, clinical psychologists, and pediatric psychiatrists specializing in adolescent health care)
  • Finally Delayed or precocious puberty (often working with specialists in adolescent pediatric endocrinology, urology, and andrology)

Consequently contact Emed Pediatrics of Jacksonville today to make an appointment at (904) 513-3240.