Rest assured, moms and dads who are out with children of the opposite sex shouldn't read too much into bringing their kids into the restroom. But if there's a family bathroom around, that's usually the best option.
"I think whenever possible, parents should seek out unisex or family bathrooms for their children," said Dr. Sileo. "If there isn't a family restroom, I advise parents to go into the bathroom with their children."
If a dad, for example, feels uncomfortable bringing his daughter into the men's room and there's no family restroom available, Dr. Sileo suggests enlisting the help of an older sister, if possible.
"Young children can go into opposite gender bathrooms. For older children, create a buddy system," he said. "Have an older sibling go in with a younger sibling. Teach safety to all your children about expected behavior in public places."