Babies who look like their dads are healthier, a new research has just revealed. When infants look like their fathers, they are more likely to spend time with them. A research also found that babies who look like their dads have a healthy leg up on their first birthday.
The study involved 715 families in which babies lived with their mothers. The researchers tracked them and found infants who looked like their father at birth became healthier after one year. The research study was published in the Journal of Health Economics.
According to the researchers, Babies who looked like their fathers was found to be healthier because these fathers spent an average 2.5 more days per month with their babies than fathers who didn’t resemble their children.
The study suggests that the extra time and the better bond obtains benefits, including asthma attacks and fewer health care visits.
“Fathers are important in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child,” said Study co-author Solomon Polachek, a professor of economics at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Polachek also added that regular father visits allow for greater parental time for caregiving and guidance.
“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 report gives suggestions to fathers to spent as much as time with their child to boost their health, especially in families in which parents don’t live together.