The assessment of motor skills and growth in children is based upon age-appropriate assessments and changes to height and weight. The role of nutrition in a person’s overall health is important. A healthy diet helps maintain normal growth and development, as well as reduce the chances for chronic illnesses such as diabetes or obesity.
The vaccination of children helps protect them from diseases like influenza, which are vaccine-preventable and can pose a serious threat to young patients. Access to healthcare allows people to get treatment as soon as they need it, which reduces mortality and morbidity rates for certain groups. The mental health of children and adolescents is also a major indicator. Symptoms like anxiety or depression should be closely monitored throughout the life stage to allow for early intervention if necessary.
Last but not least, practitioners can intervene to prevent further damage by understanding the risks of lifestyle choices that are made in adolescence, such as smoking. Similar, by recognizing the signs of abusive or neglected environments, providers can connect those who are affected with resources that will provide protection and support.