Babies who look like their dad are healthier

  • Babies who look like their dad are healthier

Babies who look like their dad are healthier

Co-conducted by researchers from Binghamton University, State University of NY, the team looked at 715 families in which babies lived with only their mother.

Non-resident fathers spend 2.5 days more per month with children they resemble, the findings showed.

The research backs a growing body of evidence that fathers are more likely to help with a child's upbringing if they're convinced the baby is theirs.

Babies who look more like their dads when they are born are more likely to be healthier one year on, a new study has found.

"Fathers are important in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child", said one of the researchers Solomon Polachek, Professor at the Binghamton University in NY.

Previous research has found absent fathers are less inclined to get involved in their children's lives if they are poor in health, which the new study aimed to account for.

And as a result, the babies who were the spitting image of their dads were healthier a year later, suffering fewer asthma attacks and making fewer doctors' office visits for illness, suggesting that the shared looks led to more positive parenting, particularly in nonresident fathers.

A baby's resemblance to his or her father serves as a visual clue for male parents that the child is theirs, spurring them to spend more time with the kid, Polachek explained.

Looking like Dad may improve the health of infants being raised by single mothers.

"The main explanation behind a healthier baby that resembles his father is that frequent father visits allow for greater parental time for care-giving, supervision and information gathering about child health and economic needs".

"Greater efforts could be made to encourage these fathers to frequently engage their children through parenting classes, health education, and job training to enhance earnings", Polachek said.