Whenever a baby is born, his or her family members usually do not wait very long before they begin to talk about which parent the child resembles most. Some people will think the baby got their nose from their mom, or that the child’s uniquely shaped chin must have came from the father’s side.
While all of that is fun to talk about, genetics are actually really complicated. Some genes are dominant, and some genes are recessive, and that means that not all of mom’s looks will be inherited, and neither will all of dad’s, either.
According to mrsec.psu.edu, nearly everything we have is determined by our genetics. Trying to figure out what came from which side of the family sometimes feels like a rather complicated yet fun puzzle.
One might think that it would be easy to determine which parts of a person comes from their mother, and which parts comes from their father. While kids might look very similar to one parent, they will likely still have some differences since they inherit genes from both parents. There are some traits that children are more likely to inherit from their father and some that they are more likely to inherit from their mother.
20 Dimples Come From Dad
There are a lot of really adorable (and sometimes rare) genes out there. One of the most adorable things children can inherit from their parents is dimples.
Not everyone gets them, but there are some people who believe that dimples are a dominant trait, according to The US National Library of Med. Furthermore, it is believed that the parent who usually passes this genetic trait is the father of the child who gets it.
For those who don’t know, dimples are caused when there is an area in a muscle that causes our cheeks to have dents in them. Some men and women have dimples in both cheeks, and some only have a dimple in one of their cheeks.
19 Mom Passes On Hashimoto’s Disease
Autoimmune diseases are not fun to deal with, and one interesting little tidbit about them is that they tend to run in families. That means that parents can pass some of them down to their children, which is rather unfortunate.
A great example of this is Hashimoto’s disease. According to medium.com, this condition is actually the most common autoimmune disease.
Apparently, if there is a parent who has this condition, then their children are extremely likely to get it. Also, research has proved that women who have it are more likely to pass this down to their children than men are.
18 A Child’s Height Is Influenced By Their Father
At this point, pretty much everyone knows that a woman’s age can greatly affect her child. But something that is actually really surprising is the fact that the father’s age matters just as much.
According to medicaldaily.com, someone who is tall likely had an older father at the time of birth. Those with older fathers are also more likely to have hypertension. Also, men who are between the ages of 31 and 35 when they have children are much more likely to have kids who have less abdominal girth than those who were born to younger dads. Those with younger dads are usually a bit shorter.
17 Mom Can Pass On Huntington’s Disease
There are a few diseases that are passed down to us from our mothers and fathers, and one of those diseases is something that is known as Huntington’s disease. Those who are not already familiar with this may not know that it is something that causes a slow breakdown of the nerve cells that are in everyone’s brains.
According to mayoclinic.org, people who have this usually don’t see signs of it until they reach their 30’s. However, it can develop before the age of 20, and in that case, it is called juvenile Huntington’s disease. Mothers can pass this down to their children.
16 Fingerprints Are Influenced By Dad
We do not have many physical parts that are truly unique and not like anyone else’s. However, that is not the case when it comes to fingerprints, which are pretty much always unique.
That is why, during important legal investigations, some people have to have their fingerprints taken. But something that is really interesting is that our fingerprints are not quite as distinct as they were once thought to be.
According to the Genetics Home Reference, there are actually a couple of things that can have an impact on what our fingerprints look like. For example, our fingerprints can be affected by both our genetics and the environment. In fact, some believe that fathers impact the pattern of their children’s fingerprints.
15 Lips Can Come From The Father
We have all seen mothers and fathers that are basically their child’s twin. After all, there are some children who inherit a little more DNA from one of their parents than they do from the other one.
Also, there are some things that one parent has more of an influence over than the other parent does, and that is because some traits are more dominant than others are. For example, plump lips are actually a dominant trait, according to indiatimes.com.
So, that means that if a child’s father has plump lips, it is very likely that the child will also have very full lips. Actor Jon Voight and his daughter, actress Angeline Jolie, are living proof of this.
14 Moms Might Influence The Way Her Baby Sleeps
There are some people who have no trouble sleeping, and then there are also some who are plagued by sleep problems who a long time. It turns out that these things can be passed down to men and women from their mothers.
According to countryliving.com, fathers do not have much of an impact when it comes to bad sleep habits, but mothers actually do. There are a couple of reasons why some people believe moms have more of an influence here.
For example, when kids are young, they tend to spend more time with their mothers, which can mean that mom has more of an influence on their development. Also, some genes might be to blame as well.
13 Dad Can Pass On Some Dental Traits
There are a lot of things that can have an impact on the state of a person’s teeth, as well as other things that are related to their mouth. Of course, genes are one of the things that have some pull here, and it turns out that a man’s genes might have more of an influence in this department than a woman’s genes would.
Unfortunately, that means if a child’s father has dealt with dental problems, then the child might be at a greater risk of dealing with the same problems, according to healthyway.com. But there are other things that can cause unhealthy teeth as well.
12 Mothers Might Pass Genetic Mutations Down To Their Babies
Genes, as fascinating as they are, can also be a little bit weird and unpredictable. That is because some parents have what is called a genetic mutation, which can make things a little more interesting when they create offspring.
According to the Genetics Home Reference, it is possible for either parent to have a genetic mutation. But, it appears that mothers have more of an influence over whether or not their child inherits a genetic mutation.
In addition, there are some cases in which neither parent has a mutation themselves, and yet their child might develop one. Genetics can be very tricky sometimes.
11 If A Man Has Risky Behavior, His Child Might Have It As Well
There are a lot of men and women out there who are not huge fans of doing anything they believe is very risky. But on the other hand, there are also a lot of people who love to take part in some risky behavior.
In fact, if a child’s father likes to behave that way, then the child is very likely to display the same kind of behavior. According to all4kids.org, dads actually have a huge impact on their little boys and girls. A fun fact is that some children and their fathers apparently share something that called a novelty-seeking gene.
10 Kids Might Be Left-Handed Because Of Their Mom
Some people have a few really rare habits, and one of those things is left-handedness. However, as with many other things, genetics have a little bit of control over this.
While children do tend to inherit genes from both of their parents, there are times when one parent’s genetic traits are much more dominant than the other parent’s genes. For example, mothers who use their left hand more often than they use their right hand are very likely to have children who do the same thing, according to anythingleft-handed.co.uk. Approximately 10 percent of the population is left-handed, so it’s a pretty rare thing.
9 Dads Can Influence Their Child’s Intelligence
Moms are a pretty big deal. Kids need their mothers, which is pretty common knowledge. But fathers are sometimes made out to be less important.
The truth of the matter is that fathers have just as big of an impact on their children as mothers do. According to fatherly.com, fathers are pretty important for a lot of reasons, and one of them is that dads actually have a pretty big influence on their child’s intelligence, as well as their attitude towards other people. This information is a bit new since many people previously believed that moms had a bigger influence on their child’s intelligence.
8 Mothers Have A Connection To Long-Term Illnesses
Moms can pass a lot of things down to their children. Sometimes that happens before they are born, and other times it can happen during birth.
According to hepctrust.org.uk, one of the things that mothers can pass along to their little one when he or she is born in hepatitis. While this is actually not very common, it does happen.
If a mother has hepatitis, then the chances of her passing to her child is between two and eight percent. However, hepatitis has not been known to cause any problems during pregnancy.
7 Achoo Syndrome Is Real, And Dads Can Pass It On
This condition might sound a bit funny, but it is real and it is something fathers can pass on to their little boys and girls. Achoo syndrome is nothing to sneeze at, and the longer name for it is Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helioopthalmic Outburst syndrome.
People who have this condition tend to have the uncontrollable urge to sneeze when they are introduced to bright light. For example, anyone who sneezes when they are in the middle of intense sunlight likely have this condition.
There is also another name for this condition. Sometimes ACHOO syndrome is referred to as photic sneezing, according to The National Center for Biotechnology Information.
6 Moms Can Pass Lyme Disease Down To Their Little Ones
There are a lot of important things to know about Lyme disease. According to ctvnews.ca, one of those things is that it can be passed down from a mother to her little girl or little boy.
However, it does seem that this is still relatively new information. But as time passes, more information about this is coming to light.
Those who have Lyme disease may find themselves feeling a lot of symptoms from it. A few of the symptoms from it include but are not limited to issues with sleep, feeling tired all of the time, and issues with vision and memory.
Long ago, it would have been strange to say that such a thing is possible. But these days there are scientists who believe it is possible, and pregnant women who get it also have a decent chance of having a miscarriage.
5 Fathers Influence Their Child’s Sense Of Humor
The things children can inherit from their mothers and fathers seem endless. Not only do we inherit a bunch of physical traits from mom and dad, but we also tend to share other things as well.
According to abc.net.au, there are some serious things children can get from their parents, such as diseases that can be passed down from generation to generation. But our fathers also have a great deal of impact on our senses of humor as well.
This does not mean that there is a gene that controls anything like that. Instead, children are likely to inherit their father’s sense of humor if they spend a lot of time around them.
4 Mom Can Have An Effect On Her Child’s Sugar Levels
Diabetes is not always something men and women get from their mothers and fathers, but that does not mean it never happens. In fact, it is something that can be inherited sometimes.
There are quite a few things that can cause a person to have Type 2 Diabetes. Genetics and the environment both play a role here.
According to medicalxpress.com, there are a couple of genes that are connected to this condition. If a mother has them, she could pass those genes down to her children, making them much more likely to get this disease then others who do not carry the genes.
3 Mom Might Pass On HIV
There are a lot of very important things everyone should know about HIV. For instance, one of those things is that it can be passed on to children.
According to hiv.gov, women can actually pass this down to their little boys and girls. In fact, there are quite a few ways it can be passed from a mother to her children.
For instance, if a woman has this condition, there is a great chance that she will give it to her child. In addition, it can be given to the child during birth. Also, mothers who nurse their child can pass it down to them that way.
2 Eye Color Can Come From Dad
Eye color is a really tricky thing. Children can end up sharing an eye color with either their mother or their father, or they might even end up with a new shade that neither parent has.
According to Ask a Biologist, there are approximately six known genes that can have an impact on the color of a person’s eyes. Dominant genes are the key thing in this situation. However, if a child’s genetics line up just right, they can actually end up with their father’s eye color.
Figuring out what a child’s eye color will be when they are born is very hard. It’s a complicated thing to predict.
1 Hair Type And Color Has A Lot To Do With Mom
Moms genes are winners in a lot of areas, especially when it comes to hair. There are many times when children will share the same hair color as their mom, as well as the same texture.
Again, much of this depends on which genes are dominant and which ones are recessive. But in most cases, a mother’s genes determine what the child’s hair will look like.
Also, another little fun fact is that there is a third hair-related trait that can be passed down from our mothers. According to gizmodo.com, mothers can also pass on genes that could determine whether their child goes bald or not.
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