About one fourth of India’s population is constituted by adolescents, accounting for a whopping 243 million!
Adolescent age period starts from 10 years of age and extends up to 19 years which is termed as Early Adolescence and from 20 years of age to 24 years is termed as Adulthood. No doubt, the adolescent population determines the growth of the country but at the same time, this group is prone to many health issues!
Irrespective of the socio-economic status, the most common adolescent health issues are –
- Early marriage
- Early pregnancy
- Hepatitis B
- Mental health related problems – Depression, Anxiety, Mood disorders
- Drug abuse
- Road traffic accidents
- Tobacco use
- Skin problems like Acne, Psoriasis, Dermatitis
- Early onset diabetes
- Menstrual disorders
- Oral health related issues
- Heat related illness – Heat stroke, heat cramps
- Unwanted pregnancies
- Broken families
Most of the above-mentioned health concerns can be prevented if parents and institutions take an initiative in spending at least half an hour of their time with their kids! Establish good communication with your children; supervise their behavior both indoors as well as outdoors, take a stand to know about their friends!
It is our responsibility to take care of our adolescents; negligence or ignorance will lead to their health risks!
Be more than well. Be well prepared.