Almost two-thirds of fathers are willing to quit work to be full-time dads, but most would probably make a mess of it, according to a survey released on the eve of Father's Day. The poll of 593 fathers with a child under five found 60 per cent were prepared to give up their jobs to care for their children. But 80 per cent of dads said they found child care difficult, especially responding to babies' crying and feeding needs and administering medicine. The survey by Baby magazine and Hong Kong Health Link Promotions also found many fathers preferred watching television or videos with their children to other activities like games. 'The involvement of fathers in taking care of their children has been increasing in recent years,' Baby chief editor Maggie Ng Miu-man said. But she added that men need to get out and seek information on how to do the job properly. Sixty per cent of respondents said they would be willing to give up their jobs, take unpaid leave or take a three-month break to take care of their babies. But a quarter said they spent less than 30 minutes a day with their children and half said they preferred watching television or videos with their children, which Miss Ng said showed a lack of close emotional interaction. One father who has tried to play a full part in caring for his baby while working full-time is Rick Yu, 32, a wind-surfing trainer with a 15-month-old daughter. He has been helping out with tasks such as feeding, changing and giving medicine since she was born. Once, daughter Meagan vomited so much they took her to the doctor and were told he had fed her too much milk. Mr Yu finds giving medicine the most difficult task because Meagan cries. Miss Ng said health officials and child health centres often directed information only at mothers. She said fathers needed to take the initiative to get this information by joining seminars, browsing websites and reading books. 'There are many reasons for babies crying; for example, being hungry, wet or even being moody,' Miss Ng said. Giving medicine required special skills, she pointed out, because if babies received the wrong dosage it could affect their still-immature organs. The survey also found that as the children grow up, fathers spend less time with them.