12 Things You Didn’t Know Children Inherit Only from Their Fathers

Avatar EWAO | January 19, 2018

How to Avoid Inheriting Too Much from Your Father

Perhaps nothing describes the unique father-son dynamic better than Harry Chapin’s song “Cats in the Cradle”:

“My son turned ten just the other day
He said, ‘Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw,’ I said ‘Not today
I got a lot to do’, he said, ‘That’s ok’
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, ‘I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him.’

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home, Dad
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

Well, he came from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
‘Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while’
He shook his head and said with a smile
‘What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?’”

As can be seen, children naturally take-on many of the same habits and traits of their fathers, but this is true when it comes to health hazards and illnesses as well. Please read the list below so you can prepare for various hereditary developments, and so you can attempt to avoid the ones which could be harmful to your health and wellbeing.

#1: Eye color.

If a father has dark colored eyes, it’s highly probable that their children will have dark eyes as well.

#2: Heart problems.

Certain genes passed from father to child increase the chance of heart issues by 50%. Arteries could clog and blood flow could be blocked. According to Jen Stagg, naturopathic doctor specializing in health, men with the haplogroup I Y chromosome are most at risk (compared to men with haplogroup R1b1b2).

#3: Lips.

Fuller lips are normally inherited from the father. This doesn’t pose any health risk, but it’s certainly fascinating to contemplate.

#4: Height.

Both parents likely play a role in this department, but it seems as though the father plays a more significant role. Oftentimes the total impact only amounts to an inch or so, however.

#5: Hair.

A father’s genes have been found to greatly influence a child’s hair texture and hair color. This is especially true if the father has dark hair.

#6: Mental health issues.

Older fathers have been shown to have a significant impact when it comes to a child’s predisposition to schizophrenia or ADHD. DNA changes as men get older, so their sperm will contain mutated DNA. Older women are more likely to give birth to children with autism, but the risk is less.

#7: Sense of humor.

There’s no all-encompassing study to prove it, but, based on anecdotal everyday evidence, this notion is true more often than not.

#8: Sleep habits.

This often determines how a baby chooses to sleep in a crib, and the habit tends to stay with the child long-term.

#9: Dental problems.

Mouths have a lot to do with genetics, especially when it comes to jaw and tooth size and shape. The male gene is more dominant in this case, so prepare for braces if necessary.

#10: Infertility.

The Journal of Human Reproduction reveals that men conceived via IVF treatment have lower sperm counts when compared with men who were conceived by traditional means.

#11: Sex.

It has frequently been written that the father determines a baby’s sex. Men have an X and a Y chromosome while women only have X chromosomes, which is the biggest reason for this truth.

#12: Dimples.

It’s believed that a child’s dimples (if any) are inherited from their father in most cases. This makes sense, particularly when it comes to facial dimples.



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