It may pay to be a chip off the old block, new research suggests babies born to single mothers are healthier when they reach their first birthday if they look like their dads.
A study recently published in the Journal of HealthEconomics said these babies spend more time with their fathers.
One study author said "those fathers that perceive the babies resemblance to them are more certain than baby is theirs and they spend more time with the baby."
The study included over 700 single mothers andtheir babies.
Babies who looked like their dads spent an average of two and a half days a month more with their fathers than those who didn’t.
Researchers judged a baby’s health based on how often they saw doctor, how much time they spend in a hospital and how many asthma attacks they had.
Past studies have found babies fare better when both parents are involved in their care.
For United News International, I’m Cambrie Caldwell.