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How to encourage your teenaged child to confide about medical problems that he or she may be facing? Teenage is a time of physical changes in the body. Not all changes are very comfortable and enjoyable. In the beginning, the teenager will feel highly discomforted and this may be seen in their behavior towards others.
You would do well to establish open lines of communication as early as possible. Do you have an extended family? If yes, then you can encourage your child to confess about his or her problems to an uncle or aunt.
It may seem surprising but a child that has depended on you throughout his or her life will prefer talking about uncomfortable topics with a relative who is more like a friend. Needless to say, you can provide assistance to the child of your brother or sister who is facing the same problem. Not only will this help the child manage troubles, it will also help you keep track of any and every bit of information that you need to know. A quick word with your brother or sister will be enough to understand whether you need to intervene with your teenager.
If you do not have the luxury of relying on relatives, then the best option is to encourage the teenager to be open. Try to have a few educational sessions where you explain the various changes that are taking place in the body of the teenager. Make use of internet and info graphics available online. Make it very clear that the internet is not a reliable source of information. This will help you simplify the process of communication.