25 Strange Birth Defects Few Kids Are Born With

Posted by , Updated on April 19, 2017


We all are born with a unique mix of common traits – your eyes, for example, are likely to be brown or blue though they could be a more rare color like green or grey. Most of us don’t have any overwhelmingly unique individual traits; it’s the combination that makes us unique. Then there are those born with very unique traits and genetic abnormalities, be those for good or ill. After reading this list, perhaps we’ll all just want to be a bit more average. Here are 25 Odd Things Very Few Kids Are Born With.

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Epidermolysis Bullosa

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This is a rare disorder of EXTREMELY fragile and sensitive skin. In fact, children with this disease are often called “Butterfly Children” because their skin is as fragile as a butterfly’s wing – even touching them can make their skin blister, bruise or even tear. This disease is always painful, but it’s also possibly fatal (largely due to secondary complications) before the age of 30. Imagine being a child who couldn’t be held or physically comforted without immense pain.


Xeroderma Pigmentosum

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Also called Vampire Syndrome, this genetic disorder affects your DNA’s ability to repair itself. Specifically, to repair damage done by UV light, such as, y’know, sunlight. In extreme cases of this disorder, people can’t go out in the sun. At all.



Fish_-_Puntius_sarana_from_Kerala_(India)Source: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

Trimethylaminuria is a genetic disorder that literally makes people smell bad – like rotting fish and eggs bad. It’s also known as fish odor syndrome, and it’s a metabolic disorder. Basically, people who have this lack a specific enzyme that lets the body convert trimethylamine (which smells bad) from foods into trimethylamine oxide, so the person’s body just builds up the trimethylamine and it’s released in that person’s sweat, urine, and breath.



twofacedbabycowtwiceascuteSource: https://embryo.asu.edu

Diprosopus is when someone is literally born with two faces. Yep. Two. These babies often have other serious issues such as missing all or parts of their brain, heart defects, or other neural tube disorders. Babies born with Diprosopus are often stillborn. Luckily, it’s so rare that less than fifty cases have been recorded in the last 150 years.


Ectopia Cordis

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Ectopia Cordis is the technical term for being born with your heart either partially or totally outside of your body. Babies born with this generally are stillborn or die shortly after birth; however, some successful surgeries have been done.

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