'Mermaid baby's' skin condition makes it shed too fast

Maryam Bibi, from Birmingham, has ichthyosis, which makes her skin extremely dry and flaky. Her parents spend up to four hours a day moisturising it to prevent it cracking.

A baby with a rare condition that causes her to grow and shed scales 'like a snake' has been dubbed a real life 'mermaid' baby by her mother.Maryam Bibi, from Birmingham, has ichthyosis, which causes her skin to grow 10 times faster than normal people's, making it extremely dry and flaky.Her parents Maira Bibi, 21, and Azmat Khan, 25, spend up to four hours a day moisturising Maryam's skin to prevent it from cracking, and have broken two washing machines trying to keep up with the youngster's...