The adolescent medicine program at the Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah specializes in caring for children between the ages of 10 and 21.

Caring for an adolescent is vastly different than parenting a young child. Meeting the healthcare needs of this age group requires not only addressing identified health concerns, but also considering the complicated interactions of developmental and emotional changes. As adolescents begin to take responsibility for their own health, education and promotion of preventive healthcare are very important.

To support an adolescent's health and well-being, caregivers should engage in ongoing conversations with their teen about preventive healthcare topics such as pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, the effects of smoking, the need for immunizations, and substance abuse issues.

Doctors and nurses at the Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah are here to support and guide you through the challenges of parenting teenagers.