Children's Health and Wellness

What Do You Know About Teen Health?

Test your knowledge of what it takes to be a healthy teen.

1. At what age does the adolescent growth spurt usually begin for girls?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is The growth spurt in girls typically occurs two years earlier than in boys. Girls can have their growth spurt as early as ages 6 or 7, but it typically occurs at age 11. Body parts may grow at different rates, and teens often appear clumsy and feel awkward during this period.A. 5B. 9C. 11D. 162. How much calcium per day does an adolescent need?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Both boys and girls need a calcium-rich diet during their teen years to ensure they store up enough calcium in their bones.A. 900 mgB. 1,000 mgC. 1,200 mgD. 1,300 mg3. Routine physical examinations should be done how often during the teen years?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is A health care provider should monitor adolescent growth and development on a regular basis; ideally, once a year.A. AnnuallyB. Every two yearsC. Every three yearsD. Every four years4. What immunizations should teenagers have?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is The Tdap booster is recommended for teens at ages 11 to 12. Teens 13 to 18 who missed getting the Tdap booster at ages 11 to 12 should also receive it. Those who received a tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster at ages 11 to 12 should receive Tdap for additional protection against pertussis. Teens should also get a "catch-up" immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella, and chickenpox, if they missed a recommended dose in childhood.A. Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster(Tdap)B. PolioC. ShinglesD. Mononucleosis5. Which eye problem typically gets worse during adolescence?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Nearsightedness, or myopia, usually starts in childhood and then gets progressively worse during the teen years. The progression usually eases up by the time a person reaches his or her mid-20s.A. FarsightednessB. NearsightednessC. CataractsD. None of the above6. Anabolic steroids, though illegal, are still used by adolescent athletes to enhance athletic performance. Which of these groups is most likely to use them?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the percentage of use increases from eighth grade to 10th to 12th grade.A. Boys younger than 15B. Girls younger than 15C. Boys 16 to 18D. Girls 16 to 187. Which of these may be signs of alcohol or drug abuse?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is They may also be symptoms of illness. Check for drug paraphernalia, and have your pediatrician examine the teenager to rule out other possible causes.A. Changes in eating habits and sleep patternsB. Increased hostilityC. Change in friendsD. All of the aboveYour score was:
Print Source: Vitality magazine/March 2000
Print Source: Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule United States, 2013. Committee on Infectious Diseases Policy Statement. Pediatrics. 2013;131:397.
Online Source: Substance Abuse Prevention, American Academy of Pediatricshttp://patiented.aap.org/content2.aspx?aid=5049
Online Source: Myopia, American Academy of Pediatricshttp://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/eyes/Pages/Myopia-Nearsightedness.aspx
Online Source: For parents: What to expect through puberty, American Academy of Family Physicianshttp://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/teens/puberty-sexuality/puberty-what-to-expect-when-your-child-goes-through-puberty.html
Online Source: How much calcium do children and teens need, National Institute of Child Health and Human Developmenthttp://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/bonehealth/conditioninfo/pages/children.aspx
Online Source: Steroids (anabolic), National Institute on Drug Abusehttp://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/steroids-anabolic
Author: Floria, Barbara
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Ziegler, Olivia Walton, MS, PA-C
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2013