Infants Resembling Father Grow Healthier Than Others, New Review Suggests

Infants resembling father grow healthier after a year than the children who do not look like their father, according to the findings of the research have been disclosed in the Journal of Health Economics, that suggests father-child similitude leads fathers to be more engaged with their babies in positive parenting.


The research was conducted on the single 715 mothers with their babies. The team of researchers got to observe that the babies who resembled their fathers at the time when they born became much healthier after a year of birth. However, the fathers of those kids were found to spend averagely 2.5 more days in every month with the kids as compared to other fathers.

the research is based on the analysis of data conducted by Polachek and Marlon Tracey from the Southern Illinois University, which they obtained from Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing (FFCW).

While explaining the study, Dr. Polachek said in a statement that, “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. We find a child’s health indicators improve when the child looks like the father…The main explanation is that frequent father visits allow for greater parental time for care-giving and supervision, and for information gathering about child health and economic needs.”

Polachek added that, “It’s been said that ‘it takes a village’ but my coauthor, Marlon Tracey, and I find that having an involved father certainly helps. 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.”

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