Babies who look like their dads are more healthy

Mother and baby laughing

Mother and baby laughing

They found that infants that looked like their fathers tended to have their fathers around more often than those that did not resemble their fathers.

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.

Dads who looked like their babies spent an average of 2.5 more days per month with their babies than fathers who didn't resemble their offspring.

Infants who look like their father at birth are likely to be healthier by their first birthday according to a new USA study, as fathers are more inclined to spend time with children who look like them.

"We find a child's health indicators improve when the child looks like the father", the research states.

Dads take better care of babies who take after them.

Research Professor of Economics at Binghamton University Solomon Polachek and his team found that fathers are important in child raising and their presence could improve the health of the child. More frequent time with a dad allows a bond to be created between the baby and father, including caregiving and supervision. And a 2009 study reported that stepchildren and adopted children are neglected more by their caregivers overall than children are by their biological parents. The result has implications regarding the role of a father's time especially in fragile families.

The relationship between father and child resemblance and care-giving behaviors has roots in evolutionary theory, according to the study.

"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. The study says, "The idea is that, due to paternity uncertainty, a man assesses genetic relatedness based on whether the child resembles him and uses this information to direct investment resources to the child".

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