Thursday, August 25, 2022

Babies Who Look Like Their Dads Proven to Grow Up Healthier

"I carried my baby in my womb for nine months, and when he came out, he’s the exact image of his dad!”

A baby’s looks is all about genetics. The genes a baby  inherited from his parents will determine his characteristics and physical appearance. Yet sometimes, the baby can come out as the spitting image of the other parent.

This can be frustrating, especially for a mom who carried her baby for 9 months, but in the end the baby came out to be the carbon copy of his father.

But did you know that babies who look like their fathers have advantage in life? According to a new study, babies who resemble their fathers are more likely to grow up healthy.

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According to the Journal of Health Economics research, sharing a great resemblance with their fathers have a lasting effect on babies. In a study, babies who were in this category turned out to be healthier after a year.

The great resemblance gives the father a ‘paternity cue’ that the child is truly his. Thus, when a man sees that he looks like his child, he is more likely to focus his attention, time, and love on his baby. 

Researcher Solomon Polachek who spearheaded the study claimed:

"We have found that child health indicators improve when dad looks like the baby. The main explanation is that the father often visits to provide time for care and supervision, and to know about the child's health and needs."

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As a result, experts believe that baby's health and well-being can improve if he looks like his father. But of course, this is not the only factor in raising a healthy and happy child.

Above all, being sensitive to your child’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs is just one of the few things you can do to raise a healthy kid.