A baby girl born in Amristar, in the Indian state of Punjab, has become
the center of attraction in the region because the baby looks like a rubber
doll with a skin that looks like a plastic.
Scientifically such babies are called as Collodion babies, who have an
extra layer of skin, which will be shed like reptile scales. A baby born with
this type of skin happens in one out of six lakhs.
"It is a genetic disorder that occurs due to certain genes and is
usually an autosomal recessive, congenital ichthyosis (scaly skin condition),"
said Dr M S Pannu, Head, Department of Pediatrics at the hospital said, after
examining the baby.
Babies with this genetic disorder might lose fluid and heat from their
body through an extra layer of their skin, leading to hypothermia and
Doctors at the Guru Nanak Dev Medical College and Hospital, where the
baby was born, said, "The baby starts crying when someone touches her. She
looks like a rubber doll and her face appears to be similar to that of a fish.
Her eyes and lips are red hot. The baby is unable to suck properly."
This is the second time when a baby is born with this condition in
Amritsar, the first baby was born in 2014 but died within 3 days of birth.