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Girl, 1, blisters at the slightest touch

A distraught mother-of-two is unable to cuddle or even hold her daughter's hands because of an agonising condition that will make her break out in blisters.

Rhiannon Atkinson, 30, was told her daughter, Pippa, now one, had the rare skin condition, epidermolysis bullosa (EB). 

Around 90 per cent of Pippa's hands and feet are without skin and red raw. The condition has started to spread across the rest of her small body.

It causes the skin on her body to blister and tear at just the slightest touch - leaving the toddler, from Cwmbran, South Wales, in unbearable pain.

Mrs Atkinson now has to restrain Pippa when she her in bandages to stop her catching any deadly infections - which goes against her motherly 'instinct'. 

Rhiannon Atkinson, 30, was told her daughter, Pippa, now one, had the rare skin condition, epidermolysis bullosa

Rhiannon Atkinson, 30, was told her daughter, Pippa, now one, had the rare skin condition, epidermolysis bullosa

She said: 'As soon as she was born her hands and feet looked as though someone had taken her and dipped her in boiling water.

'They were red raw and she was whisked off to intensive care.

'Being told your child has an incurable condition is incomprehensible, it broke my heart.

'But then not being able to touch her, or cuddle her for five months was torture.

'I'd never known anyone with this condition so it was a complete shock when we were told it was going to get worse.'

Mrs Atkinson stayed with Pippa and husband, Damian, 36, in hospital for 23 days as nurses decided to best plan of aftercare for their baby.

Once she was discharged from hospital, Pippa had to have her hands permanently bandaged for four months, and her feet bandaged for almost nine months.

Mrs Atkinson added: 'When she was born I couldn't hold her for five months, she was always on a pillow.

It causes the skin on her body to blister and tear at just the slightest touch - leaving the toddler, from Cwmbran, South Wales, in unbearable pain

It causes the skin on her body to blister and tear at just the slightest touch - leaving the toddler, from Cwmbran, South Wales, in unbearable pain

Mrs Atkinson now has to restrain Pippa when she dresses her in bandages to stop her catching any deadly infections - which goes against her motherly 'instinct'

Mrs Atkinson now has to restrain Pippa when she her in bandages to stop her catching any deadly infections - which goes against her motherly 'instinct'

Mrs Atkinson said: 'As soon as she was born her hands and feet looked as though someone had taken her and dipped her in boiling water'

Mrs Atkinson said: 'As soon as she was born her hands and feet looked as though someone had taken her and dipped her in boiling water'

Mrs Atkinson stayed with Pippa and husband, Damian, 36, in hospital for 23 days as nurses decided the best plan of aftercare for their baby

'Not being able to cuddle your new-born baby is the worst feeling in the world but it would have caused her too much pain.

'When we would touch her, especially her hands and feet, she would scream out in pain and you could see the true agony on her face.'

In hospital, Mrs Atkinson had to bandage her daughter's hands and feet four times each day. She was trained by specialist nurses.

She now knows how to bandage and clean Pippa's skin thoroughly in the comfort of her own home to reduce her risk of infection.  

Mrs Atkinson said: 'She now has blisters on every inch of her body - on her eyelids, in her hair, her mouth and up her nose.

'So we have

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