Video of infant that looks like an 'Alien baby' has gone viral

Maya Devi

A video of a newborn baby with redness and cracks on the skin has gone viral because of its ‘alien-like’ appearance. People are calling it ‘demon child’ and ‘alien baby.’ According to the video, this unusual baby was born to Sajeda, wife of Shafiq, in the Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh, a state in India.

According to an expert, the baby isn’t fully developed and lacks skin, due to which all veins in its body are visible. Moreover, few of its body parts are swollen due to the absence of skin.

Doctors say the cause of the baby’s under-developed state is a rare genetic disorder called Harlequin Ichthyosis. In this disorder, the affected newborn is covered with plates of thick skin that crack and split apart. The thick plates can distort facial features by pulling and also curb breathing and eating.

Additionally, babies affected by Harlequin Ichthyosis may have depressed nasal bridge, abnormal hearing, regular breathing infections, and less ability to move joints.

This rare genetic disorder is caused by a mutation in which the gene responsible for giving instructions to make proteins for skin development changes.

The first case of Harlequin Ichthyosis was reported in South Carolina, the United States of America, in 1750, and the first case diagnosed antenatally was reported in 1983. The disease has an overall incidence of 1 in 300,000 births or about seven births annually in the United States, and approximately 200 cases have been reported across the globe, according to a study.

Usually, the disease is diagnosed after birth from the child’s physical appearance, although prenatal testing can be done.

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