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Science reveals why newborns who look like their dads have a surprising benefit

Did your kids look like their dad when they first entered the world? Maybe they still do now.

A study has found that there’s an awesome benefit newborns have when they look like their dad…

Science reveals why newborns who look like their dads have a surprising benefit

Why it’s good for a newborn if they look like their dad

Scientists at Binghampton University in New York found that kids who look like their fathers are healthier by the time they reach their first birthday.

It’s believed that a close family resemblance may encourage dads to spend more time with their offspring and this can really help their kids stay healthy.

“Fathers are important in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child,” says researcher Solomon Polachek.

“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 caregiving and supervision, and for information gathering about child health and economic needs.”

Science reveals why newborns who look like their dads have a surprising benefit

However, this research does not suggest kids without dads or those who do not look like their fathers are less healthy.

These kids in the study were assessed base on the number of visits to the doctors and the lengths of hospital stays, so it’s not full proof.

“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,” adds Polachek.

Study reveals DADS are bigger PUSHOVERS than mums are!

Meanwhile, researchers have found that dads are more lenient than mums are!

2,000 mums and dads were surveyed by experts at children’s vitamin company Wellkid, and asked who was most likely to put their foot down on certain things.

Study reveals DADS are bigger PUSHOVERS than mums are!

37 per cent of mums compared to 20 per cent of dads believed they were stricter when it came to watching TV, playing computer games , bedtime routine, eating sweets and drinking fizzy drinks.

Mums tended to be stricter than dads when it came to trying new food and getting their children to do their homework.

Study reveals DADS are bigger PUSHOVERS than mums are!

Dads are stricter at some things than mums

However, it seems dads are stricter at some things, like behaviour and punishment.

The study also found that four in 10 couples admitted to adopting a ‘good cop, bad cop’ approach to parenting. As many as 41 per cent of mums believed they were the ‘bad cop’, compared to three in ten who say that is the father’s role.

“Parents often have to work as a team when it comes to raising their children, with one of them taking the lead when it comes to being ‘the strict one’,” said a spokesperson for Wellkid from Vitabiotics.

“But while dads may be adopting a more laidback approach to these aspects of parenting, they are still the ones keeping an eye on bad behaviour.”

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Stats from the study on which parent is stricter:

  • Watching TV shows or films considered too old – 31 per cent of mums,  19 per cent of dads
  • Playing with balls in the house – 30 per cent of mums, 24 per cent of dads
  • Pocket money – 25 per cent of mums, 24 per cent of dads
  • Buying children what they want – 32 per cent of mums, 25 per cent of dads 
  • Bad behaviour and punishment – 28 per cent of mums, 31 per cent of dads
  • Homework – 46 per cent of mums, 14 per cent of dads
  • Time spent watching the TV – 37 per cent of mums, 22 per cent of dads
  • Time spent on computer games – 37 per cent of mums, 20 per cent of dads
  • Eating everything on your plate – 34 per cent of mums, 25 per cent of dads
  • How much sweets or chocolate is eaten – 39 per cent of mums, 21 per cent of dads
  • How many fizzy drinks are drunk – 36 per cent of mums, 17 per cent of dads
  • Getting children to bed at a certain time – 39 per cent of mums, 22 per cent of dads
  • Getting children trying new foods – 36 per cent of mums, 19 per cent of dads
  • Fruit and veg consumed by children – 43 per cent of mums, 12 per cent of dads
  • Playing computer games older than their age – 30 per cent of mums, 19 per cent of dads

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.