Well-child visits during adolescence

At Welia Health, we’ll be with you through every important first in your child’s life with annual well-child visits for adolescents ages 11–20.

While parenting an adolescent can bring moments of joy, pride, and laughter, it can also be an extremely rough experience. You may look at the happy young people on this page and wonder why your own son or daughter greets you with a snarl rather than a smile. It’s important for parents to remember that adolescents often give their best behavior to others and reserve their most challenging attitudes for their families. Be a positive role model for your teenager and be open to talking about stress. You can then help your teen develop healthy ways to manage stress, resolve conflicts and cope with disappointments. At Welia, our family medicine team is here to help. We work with families to help adolescents grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults.

Adolescent patients should continue to receive annual checkups to help growing teens achieve and maintain good health – physically, mentally and emotionally. Minnesota state mandates now require providers to ask patients aged 11 and over about sexual activity. While this can be a sensitive issue, Welia Health assures confidentiality and the utmost concern for its adolescent patients. All medications should be brought with you to yearly appointments.

Well-child visit schedule during adolescence

  • 11 years
  • 12 years
  • 13 years
  • 14 years
  • 15 years
  • 16 years
  • 17 years
  • 18 years
  • 19 years
  • 20 years

Minnesota Medical Assistance pays for well-child visits.

Assessments at each visit

  • Height and weight
  • Body Mass Index/BMI
  • Blood pressure
  • Health history
  • Surveillance
  • Head-to-toe physical exam
  • Mental health screening
  • Immunization review
  • Tobacco, alcohol and drug use assessment
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk assessment

Other assessments, as needed

  • Vision screening (3x between 11 and 20 years)
  • Hearing screening (3x between 11 and 20 years)
  • Hemoglobin/hematocrit (1x in menstruating patients)
  • HIV testing (1x between 15 and 18 years)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)*

Oral health recommendations

  • Recommended cleanings, check-ups and treatments as directed by your child’s dentist

*Assessment and treatment options are available but are not included as part of the annual well-child visit.