• July 19, 2021

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Sun baby: This is the word you see for the newborn in the UK who is born with no umbilical cord or umbilicus and has a thin layer of skin covering their head, body and arms.

The word was coined in the 1950s to describe the baby born with a thin, pink layer of umbilic tissue covering their skin.

But it is now used to describe babies born to mothers with no visible umbilicals.

If you think you might be born with this condition, check out our guide to signs of umbilic peritonitis.

If this sounds like your baby, then this baby is born without umbilico-peritonitis and is expected to survive for up to 12 weeks.