Teens making decisions
Week 3 assignment
In most states, a minor who is over the age of 13 can make his or her own decisions regarding health care. I strongly disagree because minors do not make the right decisions about treatment, properly protecting themselves, and understanding what the doctor is saying about certain things. So they need their parents help understanding what’s going on. First, adolescents may think they’re immune from getting sick. As adolescents approach their teens years, they are at greater risk for certain diseases, such as Meningococcal disease a potentially life threatening bacterial infection. Adolescents typically have fewer wellness visits than young infants and children. So it is important to find out if they’re up to date on all age appropriate vaccinations. A physical for school, sports, or camp can be a great opportunity for this. (www.vaccines.com/vaccines-pre-teens.cfm, 2011) Secondly, there are many diseases in the world and a lot of treatments to choose from. For example the common cold, a child would decide to just take a Tylenol and call it a day. Where as a parent would want the child to go to the doctor instead of just letting the child sits there and suffers. Also if you have a fever of 102 or greater you would need to go to the doctor but the parent has no say so in the situation. If you have a sore throat and a fever with no cold symptoms you should also be evaluated by your physician. (MedicineNet.Inc, 1992-2012) Lastly, understanding what the doctor is saying to you about being diagnosed with. For example, ADHD your parents would research about medications to help treat symptom. Some medications have really bad side effects. For example Vyvanse is a prescription medicine for the treatment ADHD in children ages 6-17 and adults. Vyvanse should be used as a part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies. But the side effects for the meds Vyanse goes from...
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