The doctor and/or nurse will probably:
2. Check your son's/daughter's blood pressure and vision using standard testing equipment.
3. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about how your son or daughter is:
Eating. Young adults should be eating three meals a day that include a colorful array of vegetables, whole grains, and at least three servings of dairy products that provide 1,300 milligrams of calcium per day. Include enough lean meats, poultry, and seafood in the diet to reach 15 milligrams of iron per day for young women and 11 milligrams for guys. One serving of beef has 2-3 milligrams of iron. Opt for water over juice or sports drinks.
Physical activity. Young adults should aim for 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
Growth and development. By 21, it's common for many young adults to:
4. Perform a physical exam. In a young woman, perform a pelvic exam if she is sexually active and has excessive discharge or pelvic pain. In guys, examine the testicles for masses and varicocele (swollen veins).
5. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect people from serious illnesses, so it's important that people receive them on time. Your son or daughter should talk to the doctor about what to expect.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: December 2013
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