Child's skin problem is off the scale; HEALTH.
Doctors believe 14-monthold Song Sheng may be suffering from a rare genetic condition that means his body cannot cool itself.
The lad - dubbed Fish Boy by locals in Jinhu, eastern China - developed scales within days of his birth.
Doctors say that because he cannot sweat or lose heat through his skin, it peels away in fish-like scales.
His family control his body temperature by laying the boy in baths of ice.
Dad Song Dehui said: "He is in a lot of pain all the time and if we don't have enough ice he gets a fever."
But doctors have told Song there is still no cure for the condition, known as Lamellar ichthyosis, which affects one in 600,000 people, Song added: "It can be treated but not cured so we are praying for a miracle or a folk medicine cure."