Originally Posted by craft_media_hero
Am I the only mom who doesn't think my kid needs to go to the doctor unless it's life-threatening?
I don't take my kids to the doctor for simple illnesses, but I do take them for yearly physicals even though we homeschool.
My son passed the vision test at the DMV even though his eyes were pretty bad. Scary, huh? We probably wouldn't have known he needed glasses if I hadn't taken him for a physical.
My friend (adult, but still...) had been suffering from mysterious aches and pains for years. She tried lots of different natural remedies, kept getting worse. Nothing life-threatening, just life-draining. She had Lyme disease and had no idea until she went for a physical.
When I was in the Navy I did an EKG on a guy who had not been for a physical in 5 years (only had one at that point because the Navy requires a full physical every 5 years), and discovered that he'd had a mild heart attack at one point and didn't know.
I take my kids for check-ups, just like I take my car for tune-ups. We have moved frequently and my kids have seen lots of different doctors, and none of them have touched or looked at private areas without warning or even asking. Maybe we've been lucky.