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Caring for Your Teenager is a rewrite of the American Academy of Pediatrics’
book Caring for Your Adolescent, Ages 12 to 21, which was ﬁrst published in
1991. Caring for Your Teenager is part of a series of child-care books developed
by the Academy that includes Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to
Age 5, Your Baby’s First Year and Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5 to 12.
What distinguishes this book from other reference books that address is-
sues surrounding the teenage years is that pediatricians who specialize in
these matters have extensively reviewed it. Under the direction of our editor-
in-chief, the material in this book was developed with the assistance of numer-
ous reviewers and contributors from the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP) and its committees and sections. Every effort has been made to ensure
that this book contains the most up-to-date ﬁndings, but since medical infor-
mation is constantly changing, readers may want to visit the AAP Web site at
www.aap.org for the latest information. Readers may also access consumer
health information from the AAP at www.medem.com, an e-health network
created by the AAP and other leading medical societies.
It is the Academy’s hope that this book will become an invaluable resource
and reference guide to parents. We are conﬁdent that parents and caregivers
will ﬁnd the book extremely valuable. We encourage its use in concert with the
advice and counsel of our readers’ pediatricians, who will provide individual
guidance and assistance related to the health of children.
The AAP is an organization of ﬁfty-seven thousand primary-care pediatri-
cians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedi-
cated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and
young adults. Caring for Your Teenager is part of the Academy’s ongoing edu-
cational efforts to provide parents and caregivers with high-quality informa-
tion on a broad spectrum of children’s health issues.
Joe M. Sanders Jr., M.D., F.A.A.P.
American Academy of Pediatrics