Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

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Q I usually take our son to the pediatrician, but I'd like my husband to get comfortable going, too. How can I help him ease in?

A: In my pediatric practice I recommend that dads attend at least one office visit during a baby's first six months. I've found that the earlier dads are made to feel they're an important part of their child's medical care, the more involved parents they become. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a similar recommendation, based upon research showing that fathers' interactions with their infants and children can have a positive effect on the child's development.

Encourage your husband to help you make a list of questions to ask the doctor. This will prompt him to think about your baby's needs and express his own worries and questions, so he feels like a coparent instead of a pinch hitter. Dads are also likely to feel more comfortable about sharing their frustrations about the challenges of fatherhood when they come without their wives. …

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