Growth and Development, Ages 11 to 14 Years (cont.)
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These checkups are important to detect problems and to see if your child is growing and developing as expected. The doctor will do a
Beginning in adolescence, most doctors like to spend some time alone with your child during the visit. Although many state laws are vague about adolescents' and teens' rights to medical confidentiality, most doctors will clarify expectations with you and your child. Ideally, you will all agree that anything your child discusses privately with the doctor will remain confidential, with few exceptions. This gives your child an opportunity to talk to the doctor about any issue he or she may not feel comfortable in sharing with you.
Adolescents and teens also need to have regular dental checkups and to be encouraged to
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