Quote from veteranRN
I saw a picture of it once in a medical dictionary and had nightmares afterwards. It looked kinda scary and obviously the baby in the photo was deceased.
Remember, Harlequin's sign
is a harmless thing that only happens within the first few hours of a baby's life, a vasomotor response, like BittyBabyGrower said. Here's a photo I found on Google - it's not the best, but you can kind of see the color change. It looks more dramatic in person.
, aka Harlequin Ichthyosis
, is a horrible birth defect that is always fatal. There was an article in Neonatal Network
last year, I think, that outlined the comfort care provided for these poor souls. It's very frustrating, as it's almost impossible to place or keep an IV secured in these babies, so analgesia is an issue.
For anyone who is interested, this is a website about that condition. DO NOT click
on this unless you are truly intersted in learning more. It's VERY disturbing for most people to see the photos provided.