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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Harlequin Ichthyosis

Harlequin_babySource: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov

“Harlequin Babies” suffer from a very rare genetic disorder. Do not google this. It’s very sad and upsetting. Babies born with this condition have thick skin covering their bodies, usually in large diamond shaped plates, hence the name. The plates are separated by deep cracks. This limits the body’s movement, including ability to breathe, and affects the shape of the eyelids, nose, mouth and ears. People born with Harlequin Ichthyosis used to die as infants, due to infections, dehydration and inability to regulate body temperature, but with modern medical advances some can live to adolescence.


Lamellar Ichthyosis

IchthyosisXlinked2Source: http://www.ichthyosis.org.uk

This is a condition in which skin cells do not separate and shed as they should, which results in the person with the disease being covered in dark brown scales. Eyelids and lips are also often turned outwards, and people with this condition often have trouble staying hydrated. It occurs in about 1 out of every 600,000 births.


Congenital Arhinia

no noseSource: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Congenital Arhinia is the technical term for being born without a nose. No, really, no nose. No outside nose, no nasal cavities, no olfactory senses whatsoever. It’s so rare there are only 30 cases recorded in history.


Wiedemann Syndrome

Josephmerrick1889Source: http://emedicine.medscape.com

Proteus or Wiedemann syndrome, causes an overgrowth of bone, skin, and other tissues, in proportion to the rest of the body. It’s not apparent at birth, symptoms only showing up between 6 and 18 months of age. This is the condition that Joseph Merrek, also known as The Elephant Man, had.



PolymeliaSource: http://www.vyperlook.com

Polymelia is a defect where a baby is born with more limbs than expected, usually a total of five or more.

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