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Birthmark Basics

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By now you've memorized every inch of your child's adorable skin, birthmarks and all. Many birthmarks will have faded already, but new ones could start to show up, too. Here's a quick list of the most common types:

  • Salmon patches, angel kisses, and stork bites — all are names for newborn marks that start out red but then fade
  • Hemangiomas or strawberry marks — flat, red patches or elevated bumps or growths
  • Port wine stains — flat ruby red areas
  • Moles or "nevi" — brown or black marks or bumps
  • Cafe au lait spots — light brown patches
  • Mongolian spots — blueish-black patches that usually appear on the lower back and buttocks area, often seen in dark-skinned children

Talk to your child's primary health care provider or a pediatric dermatologist to find out which of these will go away on their own, and which may be treated.


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What are those red patches on our baby's skin? Hemangiomas, sometimes called strawberry marks, are the most common skin growths for babies. About half of the time these spots disappear before age 5. Get more information.
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