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.
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.