We bought a Fisher Price doctor's kit for our son to play with and thought it might also help him be more comfortable with the idea of going to the doctor. I am also going to take him with me when I have an appointment so that he won't always associate doctor appointments with needles or not feeling well. My doctor even suggested bringing him in when he is well for just this purpose.
I think it is important for children, and in particular boys, to be comfortable with going to the doctor. Over the course of women's lives we have many occasions to go to the doctor for routine check-ups and tests. Men, not so much, (which is probably why they are so reluctant to go). Just as the treatment of many diseases and ailments can benefit if caught early enough in women, there are many for men too. Testicular cancer is most common in men aged 15 to 40, for example, yet unlike girls who are encouraged to get an annual PAP test, how many people have heard of encouraging boys to have an annual medical visit?
I intend to make sure my son has a good relationship with our family doctor and has regular check ups.