Whether caused by the loss of a friend or loved one, a recent move, being teased or bullied, difficulties at home, or problems at school, childhood stress can lead to behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, headaches, drug use, and insomnia, among many other symptoms and medical problems. Other symptoms of stress can include mood swings or temper tantrums in a younger child, withdrawing from friends and family, and aggression.
Be on the watch for stress in your teen.
What You Need To Know About Teenagers
- Encourage self esteem and a positive self image in your child.
- Watch for the warning signs of drug use, including a sudden change in her behavior or personality, decreased performance in school, or changes in which friends she associates with.
- Supervise your child's use of computers, computer games, movies, and know what they have access to at their friend's homes.
- At the teen checkups each year, you can expect a complete physical exam, a review of nutrition and sleep schedules, measurement of your child's height, weight and blood pressure. Your child will also receive his immunizations if he hasn't had them yet, including Tdap (tetanus booster), Menactra, and Gardasil (girls only), and the Varivax booster if your child hasn't had chickenpox.
Common School Age Problems
Topics About Teenagers
- Your Teenager
- Reading Food Labels
- Fast Food
- Soda and Drink Guidelines
- Food Pyramid
- Teens and Cigarette Smoking - Do Your Kids Smoke?
- Calories from Drinks
- Family Home Fire Escape Plans
- Teen Pregnancy Screening Quiz
- Missing Kids
- When Can I Leave My Kids Home Alone?
- Short Children
- When Should Puberty Start?
- High Calorie Foods
- Starting To Use Deodorant and Controlling BO
- Heel Pain and Sever's Disease
- Can Kids Get Depressed?
- Afterschool Safety
- New Vaccines for Teens
- Choosing a Doctor for Older Children
- Boys and Eating Disorders
- Warning Signs of Teen Mental Health Problems
- Eating Disorders
- Parenting of Adolescents