Woman gives birth to a ‘Plastic baby’

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Amritsar: Ever heard about a “plastic baby” who looks like a rubber doll and sheds skin like that of reptile scales. A plastic baby born in Amritsar has become the centre of attraction in the region as birth of such babies is rare and occurs once among six lakh newborns. The plastic newborns are scientifically known as collodion babies.

The mother of the baby hails from the Rajasansi area of Amritsar district in Punjab, which is located some 240 km from here. Doctors of Guru Nanak Dev Medical College and Hospital in Amritsar had examined the baby on Friday.

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“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. She is also not able to take feed from her mother,” a doctor who attended to the plastic baby, said.

He said that plastic babies develop cracks in their skin after birth and baby’s membrane gets peeled off automatically within a period of 15 to 30 days. In some cases, the plastic coating-like skin makes the life of the child miserable. The baby remains under constant threat of infection when the body sheds skin. This threat remains all life.

Collodion babies, who are often premature, are also known as plastic babies. They are born encased in a skin that resembles a yellow, tight and shiny film or dried collodion (sausage skin).

This is the second such baby born in Amritsar. Earlier in 2014, a plastic baby was born in the civil hospital but it died within three days of birth.

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