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Babies May Benefit From Looking Like Dad
Fathers are important in raising a child, and it shows in the health of the child, study says (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 277)
Mar 8, 2018 Science & Technology

Why? Because the fathers are more likely to spend time with babies, the researcher said.

The study found that infants living with single mothers who have similar facial features to their father tend to be healthier after one year. That's because a youngster who closely resembles his or her dad is more likely to spend time with him, a factor that can improve a child's well-being.

The findings, titled "If looks could heal: Child health and paternal investment" and published March 5 in the Journal o Health Economics, looked at 715 mothers and fathers who did not live together. These single parents were interviewed just after birth and then again just less than a year later. The information collected include the frequency of asthma attacks and the number and length of emergency room visits, according to the study.

"Fathers are important in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child," Solomon Polachek, a professor at New York's Binghamton University and one of the authors of the study, said in a statement. "The main explanation is that frequent father visits allow for greater parental time for caregiving and supervision, and for information gathering about child health and economic needs," he added.

The analysis, which Polachek did with Marlon Tracey from Southern Illinois University, found that the single fathers spend an average of 2.5 more days per month with their babies when compared with those who didn't resemble their offspring. But the study did not prove that resembling dad caused a baby to have better health.

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

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