Babies who Look Like their Dads are Healthier

Babies who Look Like their Dads are Healthier

Solomon Polachek, distinguished Research Professor of Economics at Binghamton University, SUNY - yes, that's his title - and Marlon Tracey, Professor of Business Administration at Southern Illinois University, looked at data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing (FFCW) study, which examined the health of children living in 715 single mother households in the U.S.

According to the research, that similarity encourages fathers who don't live with their kids to spend 2.5 more days a month with them - because they're confident that the child is actually theirs.

Babies who look like their dads are healthier, a new research has just revealed.

Well all babies look adorable, don't they?

"Fathers are important in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child", co-author and State University of NY professor Solomon Polachek told the Wall Street Journal. They noted the number and duration of emergency visits for the child as well as number of asthma attacks during the year. The study comes from researchers at the Binghamton University, State University of NY.

Polachek also added that regular father visits allow for greater parental time for caregiving and guidance. "Those fathers that perceive the baby's resemblance to them are more certain the baby is theirs, and thus spend more time with the baby", Dr. Polachek explained in the release. 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 in enhancing child health, especially in fragile families, said the researchers.

Meanwhile, fathers my find that investing in children that don't look like them is 'deemed wasteful since they reduce investment in genetically related offspring, ' the study said.

"It's been said that 'it takes a village, ' " Polachek said, "but. having an involved father certainly helps".



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