The unintentional injuries cause the biggest risk to a teenager's health.
Alcohol and drugs are the important factors playing an important role in increasing a teen's risk of injury, as they water down inhibitions; increase the willingness to take risks while lowering the reaction time required responding to emergencies.
The National Clearing house for Alcohol and Drug Information states a teenager can drink for any reason i.e. boredom, peer pressure or depression. If a teen or parent is concerned about alcohol use, a healthcare provider or school counselor can be approached for getting professional help.
Teens are also at a high risk of accident on the road. In fact, according to AMA 3 out of 10 teens that die are due to motor vehicle crashes. Half of these mishaps are due to use of drugs or alcohol. Teens are also at greater risk for head injuries. The highest percentage of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is witnessed in 15-24 years of age.
If a teen is learning to drive, safety rules should be followed regularly. Until new drivers have developed their skills, the number of passengers in the car while driving should be restricted.
One of the most important works for parents is explaining rules for their children to follow. Some suggestions on effective rule making from the U.S. Department of Education encompass:
By setting out rules and explaining values during childhood, parents can enable their children to make smart choices pertaining to their health and behavior.
Teenage Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (also termed as STDs or STIs for "sexually transmitted infections") are infectious diseases that disseminate from person to person through close physical contact.
Some of the factors that raise the chance of getting an STD are:
Doing the things stated below won’t dramatically enhance a teen’s self-esteem, but making the effort is vital.
Here are some lunchbox tips to keep your teen satisfied and high energy levels:
Make one big chunk of undressed coleslaw at the starting of the week to save time in making the lunch during heavy schedules. Some finely shred carrots, cabbage, celery, and finely chopped parsley. Mix it with a little whole-egg mayonnaise and some extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar and use it to stuff multi-grain sandwiches, rolls and wraps.
To add variety you can consider chicken or roast lamb as a source of protein. These meats can supplement the essential nutrients to a sandwich.
The easiest, fastest and greatest snack is fruit and the more you add to the lunch, the more it gets consumed.
The more options in the lunchbox the less likely your teenager is to get a potato scallop or a pack of chips.
Suicide is an important public health issue. Every year, more than 30,000 US people commits suicide. About 4,234 youth in the age range of 10 to 24 took their own lives in 2001. Despite declines among these statistics nationwide, for teenagers between the ages of 15 to 19 there is an increase in the suicide rate by 6%, and among children of 10-14 years, the rate has crossed the double range.
Suicidal behavior is complicated. Research tells us that more than 90 percent of people who commit suicide had been suffering from depression or another psychological ailments or substance abuse disorder, with conditions often co-occurring.
Given the array of risk factors linked with suicide, prevention efforts must be diversified. Successful prevention efforts attracts to minimize risk factors and maximize protective majors (i.e., effective clinical care for physical, mental and substance abuse disorders; family and community support; and enhancing skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and handling of disputes).
Ensuring that youth have sufficient access to mental health solutions through mental health parity legislation is yet another preventive method. Surveillance data is "critically imperative" to understanding who is at risk and how to direct suicide prevention resources must be provided.
Though the term 'depression' can termed as normal human feeling, it also can refer to a mental health ailment.
Depressed youth often face problems at home. In many cases, the parents are not spirited, are depressed, as depression runs in families.
It is important to learn that the behavior of depressed teenagers may distinct from the behavior of depressed adults.
If one or more of these signs of depression prevail, parents should seek help
Frequent somber, tearfulness, crying
High sensitivity to rejection or failure
Lose interest in activities
Difficulty with maintaining relationships
Persistent boredom; low spirit
Social isolation, poor interaction
Low self esteem and guilt feeling
Increased hostility and anger
A significant change in sleeping and eating habits
Talk of or attempt to run away from home
Frequent headaches and stomachaches complaints
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Frequent absences at school and poor performance
Thoughts or display of suicide or self-destructive demeanor
Early diagnosis and medical treatment are necessary
There are many ways to get recommendations of qualified mental health counselors, including the following:
Call every one as well as request the therapist to ask some queries, either by phone or in person. Such a discussion will enable you sort out your options and select someone with whom you hope you and your teen might interact well.
Overall, the 2007 results display that teens are acting more responsibly. Fewer are sexually active, almost all wear seat belts, drinking and drug use have simmered down, 80% of kids don't smoke, and there are less suicide attempts.
Even then, the new figures are sufficient to take a parent's breath away:
Albeit, the survey and statistics are not immensely welcoming but it has changed the situation to a better progress. There is lot more efforts and hard work has to be put in to inspire the teens for their better health, future and reduce their health concerns.