In the above photo, J was only 3 days old. G held him in his arms though the doctors feared that it could tear his skin and cause an infection that would kill him. At 3 days old, you can see that J was covered in an very tight plastic like skin known as a membrane. For most, this membrane will peel and reveal new skin underneath in as little as a week. I should have known from the beginning that J was going to be stubborn like his daddy. His membrane took almost 8 weeks to completely peel. While in the NICU, J was left in only a pamper and under a humidifier. He was lotioned with aquaphor and the bassinet was sealed with Saran wrap to lock in the moisture.
At 7 weeks, you can begin to see what his skin will look like as he gets older. His form of ichthyosis doesn't allow the skin to break down and slough off. In essence, his dead skin remains on his body until it is physically peeled and removed.