Know about common newborn birthmarks

  • Womenscorner Desk
  • June 21, 2020

Birthmarks are unusual marks on the skin. They’re common in babies. They’re usually harmless and some fade or disappear over time. Salmon patches (also called “stork bites” or “angel kisses”). These are mainly found on the back of the neck or between the eyebrows. They’re a collection of blood vessels. Many fade over a few months. Sometimes, especially 
on the back of the neck, they may never go away completely.

Mongolian spots : These smooth, flat, blue-gray marks tend to appear on the lower back or buttocks. They’re collections of pigment that didn’t make it to the top layer of the skin. They usually fade by school age, but may never disappear completely. They’re common in dark-skinned babies.

Café-au-lait spots : These flat, brown marks appear in oval shapes. They could get bigger or darker. Your baby may get more as he or she grows up.

Port-wine stains : These marks are formed by blood vessels that didn’t develop properly. They are pink or red at birth but grow into a darker red-purple color. They can be large. Lighter ones may fade. Others could grow bigger, thicker, and darker.

Hemangiomas : These raised birthmarks are formed by a clump of blood vessels. They vary in size and shape. They often appear blue, red, or purple. Most grow for about a year, then gradually shrink and fade.

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