Time with dad may be the most valuable commodity, for new babies. A study explains why its evidently healthier for a newborn to spend more time with dad.
Babies who look more like their father are healthier by their first birthday than babies who don’t look like him. Researchers believe this is because ‘dad’ is more confident that the baby is his if they look alike, hence he spends more of his time with ‘junior’.
So why is dad health-enhancing anyway? The study was done among single moms. It found that the babies of single mom’s who didn’t see their dad as much were more likely to have asthma attacks and visit the emergency room more than babies who saw their dads.
Touching on the looks part of the study, researchers realized that fathers who identified features in the baby similar to theirs were more likely to believe they are the father. No Maury Povich, necessary.
What’s the take-home for this study? From a lay perspective (no pun, intended) this may be a a great reason o keep in-touch with the rightful father. Single mom’s are pushing a boulder up a mountain.
You invested at least 9 months. Let “daddy” do some heavy lifting for a while for the sake of your baby’s best health.
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