We just had our 24 month well baby exam.
We were with the doc for almost an hour. She had a long checklist which we ran through. I can't recall all the questions, but basically lots to do with developmental milestones. Specifics on sleep habits, diet. Baby's social contacts, specific questions on social development. Lots also on safety: lead exposure, car seats, stairs, basic baby proofing of our home environment. How was potty training coming along?
Vision and hearing screening. General physical exam.
The dreaded vaxes
. No lecture about the fact that we're deferring hep B and influenza.
I like our doc. She's a young Family Practitioner and does a great job with baby. She's always got a wide eyed medical student following her around, and takes about twice as long as normal because she stops to teach every other step of the way. She's a good doctor.
And as an academic general practitioner, she's nowhere near yacht territory. If she's like normal, she's probably paying back a loan debt of about 120k after four years of college, four years of medical school, and three more years of FP residency. And she's doing it on a salary that is about half of what my hubby makes with his plain ol' four year college degree. She'd be happy to hit slightly used Volvo range, I imagine. Some docs make a lot of money, but GPs aren't in that category.
I think if you're bright and an experienced parent, chances are you'd do fine and pick up on any real issues before too long all on your own. But I find a lot of reassurance in working in cooperation with a dedicated children's health care provider when managing my baby's health. There's just so much to keep up with, and it's nice to get feedback that things are coming along okay, or that there might be areas that need to be followed more closely.