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Adolescent Medicine

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's

Expert care for adolescents ages 10 to 21

Adolescent medicine focuses on helping young adults adjust to physical, emotion and social changes and medical conditions that can occur at the same time as puberty. Treatment of anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues that begin in adolescence are among some of the conditions.

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s adolescent medicine specialists work collaboratively with other pediatric specialists—including gynecology and developmental pediatrics—as well as support services professionals.

Adolescent medicine services
Our goal is to determine if your teen is meeting his or her emotional and physical milestones to ensure he or she has the tools to complete a healthy transition into adulthood.
Abstinence and sexual education
Baylor Scott & White’s adolescent medicine specialist can provide your teen with information about abstinence, reducing risks from sexual activity and contraception. Prescriptions for birth control and placement of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) such as contraceptive implants and IUDs are provided when appropriate. We are closely involved in the Adolescent Wellness & Sexual Health program.
Reproductive health
Services include diagnosis and treatment of menstrual problems, such as dysmenorrhea (painful periods), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (mood changes associated with periods) and irregular periods. Screening, treatment and counseling on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is part of routine care for the adolescent age group.
Chronic Illness and Healthcare Transition
For children and adolescents with chronic medical problems, they are particularly distressed by their health conditions and being different from their peers. Young people with chronic medical problems need to learn how to manage their health conditions and communicate with their healthcare team members in preparation for their role as a young adult in charge of healthcare decision making. The Adolescent Medicine Section is actively working to improve the healthcare transition of pediatric patients to the adult model of healthcare.
Teen parenting programs
We have developed a Teen-Tot Clinic to provide preventive care services for pregnant and parenting teens and their children. Treatment of post-partum depression, provision of contraception, counseling about health maintenance and nutrition, as well as encouragement to continue working toward educational and career goals are some of the services offered. Visits for acute care and care beyond the first year of the baby’s life are also available.
Puberty related issues
Some teenagers struggle with the changes to their body during puberty. For children and young adults who have more difficulty coping with pubertal changes than others or for whom the changes are causing significant distress or dysphoria, we can discuss treatment options and strategies to help cope.
Behavior issues
These include moodiness, conflict, risky behavior and weight-related issues that may have an emotional component. Adolescence can bring increased focus on body image, size and shape. Diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and avoidant restrictive food Intake disorder (ARFID) are among the services offered.
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