Babies may get some surprising benefits if they look like their father.
A team of researchers have discovered that infants raised by single mothers are more likely to be healthy by the time they turn one year old if they resemble their dad.
That’s because babies who bear a resemblance to their father get more attention from them.
And the more time that babies spend with their fathers, the healthier they become.
For the study, researchers from Binghamton University and Southern Illinois University focused on 715 families in which babies live with only their mother.
‘Fathers are an important part in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child,’ said Solomon Polachek, a co-author of the study and an economics professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
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.
This effect doesn’t apply to babies who are born to married parents that live in the same household, as men are more certain that they’re the father and spend more time with children who live under the same roof, the study noted.