Babies who Look Like their Dads 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.

Bad news for moms is great for dads as a new study shows that infants who resemble their father at birth will be healthier when they reach their first birthday.

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

Well all babies look adorable, don't they?

And while fathers thought their sons looked like them slightly more often than their daughters, the study found the outcomes for boys and girls were still statistically the same.

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If looks could heal: Child health and paternal investment.

"Fathers are important in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child", said Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at Binghamton University Solomon Polachek. There was also a correlation between these daddy's girls and boys enjoying better health and living conditions than those who didn't take after their fathers. They discovered that kids born looking like their fathers were healthier one year later.

The authors of the study quantified the paternal involvement with increased time spent with the baby, care giving, supervision and regular involvement in the baby's health and financial needs. A previous study in Senegal, focusing on polygamous families, found fathers spend more time with children who look and smell like themselves, the Journal reported.

The findings concluded that children in "single-parent households are at a disadvantage, which like affects them throughout their lives", and that non-resident dads need to make as much effort as possible "to engage in frequent positive parenting to improve early childhood health".