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Dealing with Teen Pregnancy


Each year more than half a million teenage girls become pregnant.  Facing the realities of a pregnancy is not something that a teenage girl should do on her own. As hard as it may be, parents need to help. Your daughter must feel she can always come to you – even with difficult news. Teenagers who are afraid to talk to their parents often wait too long before getting medical care, putting themselves and their babies at unnecessary risk. If you and your daughter feel you need additional support, professional help is available. Your pediatrician can discuss your options and clarify possible consequences. Of course, the best solution to the problem of teenage pregnancy is to not become pregnant. That’s why sexuality education, including information about abstinence and contraception, is essential for every adolescent.  


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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