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Adolescent Medicine Specialist

MD1CARE - Gold Pediatrics

Board Certified Pediatrician; Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Bayside, NY

Acne flare-ups, irregular periods, and peer pressure are just some of the struggles teenagers face every day. These issues can have a profound impact on your child’s development and emotional health, which is why Marigold Castillo, MD, specializes in adolescent medicine at MD1CARE - Gold Pediatrics in Bayside, New York. Dr. Castillo understands the stress of being a teen and is fully equipped to help your teen address issues like eating disorders, sexuality, and drug use with kindness and compassion. Learn more about the adolescent medicine services available at MD1CARE by calling the office directly or booking an appointment online today.

Adolescent Medicine Q & A

Why is adolescent medicine important?

Addressing the specific and immediate needs of teenagers is a vital part of healthy development. Your child can go through the transition to adulthood more smoothly with the guidance and support of Dr. Castillo at MD1CARE - Gold Pediatrics.

At routine appointments, Dr. Castillo creates an open and honest line of communication to address the specific issues that affect your teen’s physical, mental, and emotional health.

What conditions does adolescent medicine address?

Dr. Castillo specializes in adolescent medicine and provides a variety of teen-centered services to help your child navigate puberty and the transition to adulthood. Issues she can address include:

  • Obesity
  • Mood changes
  • Acne breakouts
  • Eating disorders
  • Irregular periods
  • Tobacco, drug, and alcohol use

Dr. Castillo can also address problems at home or school and answer questions about sex and sexual identity. She also offers adolescent gynecology services, including pelvic exams, for girls who have issues with their periods or need to address their sexual health.

What treatments are available for teen acne?

Teen acne breakouts can affect your child’s confidence, and chronic acne outbreaks can be physically uncomfortable. Dr. Castillo evaluates the severity of your child’s acne and may perform diagnostic testing, such as blood work, to determine the cause of the acne. In many cases, acne results from the hormonal changes during puberty.

Dr. Castillo can address acne breakouts with over-the-counter or prescription medications, such as retinoids or antibiotics. She can also provide skin care advice to prevent environmental factors from further aggravating their skin.

What should I do if my child is overweight?

If your child eats poorly and doesn’t get enough exercise, they may be prone to being overweight or obese when they reach adulthood.

Working with Dr. Castillo to address a poor diet and weight issues early on can help your child learn better eating habits and encourage positive lifestyle choices to protect their health now and in the future. She can provide nutritional guidance and encouragement for teens to help them choose healthy foods, stay physically active, and maintain a healthy weight.

Dr. Castillo can also help your child address other diet-related issues, such as eating disorders, being underweight, and having a negative body image. She is specially trained to counsel your teen about the emotional and physical consequences of weight issues and offers kindness and support to help your child confidently maintain a healthy weight.

Contact Dr. Castillo online or by phone to learn more about the available adolescent medicine services available at MD1CARE - Gold Pediatrics.