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Health Tip: Prepare Teens to Make Medical Decisions

(HealthDay News) -- As your child ages, he or she should play a greater role in getting medical care, the American Academy of Family Physicians says.

The academy suggests how to empower your teen to make informed medical decisions:

  • At about age 14, kids should be able to: understand and explain any medical conditions they have, know which medicines they take and why, be aware of any allergies, and know whom to contact for medical equipment or supplies.
  • By age 18, your child should know: how to make doctor appointments. how to fill a prescription and pick it up from the pharmacy and how to look for a primary care doctor by asking for recommendations and checking insurance coverage.

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