Does Your Baby Have a Birthmark?

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Cindy Crawford's birthmark is famous

Contrary to what those old wives will tell you, your baby's birthmarks are not caused by something you ate while you were pregnant nor are they the result of a traumatic birth. The reality is that some birthmarks are related to genetics, but most simply happen at random. Should you be worried if your baby has a birthmark?

It depends.

DivineCaroline says there are two different kinds of birthmarks: pigmented (caused by an overgrowth of the cells that regulate pigment in skin) and vascular (malformations of blood vessels and capillaries near the skin).

Pigmented birthmarks include:

1. Cafe au lait spots - Smooth, rounded coffee-colored spots that can appear anywhere on the body. Some children have multiple spots, and although they don’t fade, they're usually harmless. However, if you see several of these spots, it could be a symptom of a nerve disease and you should have your doctor check them.

2. Mongolian Blue spots - Flat, bruise-like spots that often appear on a baby’s bottom or lower body and range in color from blue to black to grey. They almost always fade within a few years.

3. Moles - Think Cindy Crawford. Moles can be brown or black. People with many moles have a slightly higher chance of developing skin cancer and should take precautions when in the sun.

Vascular birthmarks include:

1. Macular stains - Also called salmon patches, angel kisses, or stork bites, these  flat-pink or red marks are harmless and usually appear around the face, head, or the nape of the neck. They usually fade after childhood.

2. Hemangiomas - They are bright red and usually raised or bumpy. Most are small and fade after childhood, but some can be large and leave a scar. They're usually not dangerous, but hemangiomas near the face or head can interfere with breathing or vision, and should be monitored by a doctor.

3. Port wine stains - Think Gorbachev. These are  dark red or purple, and often highly visible. Although not life threatening, they can affect the shape of the face, since the abundance of blood flow to the area can sometimes cause the skin to become stretched or distorted. Many people with port wine stains choose to undergo laser therapy to shrink them, since with age, the mark can take on a pebbled texture or affect vision and speech.

Does your baby have a birthmark? What kind?

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Peajewel Peajewel

My son has the coffee colored one on his face and one on his back and butt.  He came home from school one day crying up a storm because a girl told him he had  a coffee stain on his face.  My daughter has the stork bite on the back of her calf the back of her neck and she had one on her little face but it has already faded.  The others are fading on her as well. 

Brade... Bradensmommy719

braden has a cafe au lait on his upper body in the same spot his father has.

bishop96 bishop96

My son has a 2 big birtmarks on his forearm. They pretty much take up the whole thing. He is 4 and when people ask what it is, he says "It's my Logan mark, that's just how they made me" It's too cute! He likes his so much that he took a brown marker and tried to draw one on his other arm!

MTMG7498 MTMG7498

My daughter was born with 2 cafe u lait spots on her left arm one looks like a glove and the other takes up most of her forearm on top of those she gets freckles and moles. She had 22 removed when she was 9 months old. She also has a strawberry patch as she calls it on her abdomen.

sstepph sstepph

My son has one on his right calf, I think its a hemangionas.

babyc... babycakes254

yep. my kids both had mongolian spots. I remember my son was taken to the er when he was a few months old. He had a high fever and was not eating and there was a meningitis case in his classroom so of course, I took him in. The medical student, obviously uninformed about birthmarks, thought had been beaten. I had to tell him myself what they were and who usually has them (biracial, or AA babies as well as other races). The supervising doctor nodded and was very embarassed at the students "knowledge". Ha.

babyc... babycakes254

they are 4 and 6 now and the spots have disappeared.

Mama2... Mama2Joshy

my 10 month old has a strawberry hemangioma on his head. thankfully his hair covers it...it looks icky!

Shade... ShadesofGrey

My son is 10 months old, he has red splotches on the back of his neck (my mom has it, too!) He has red spots between his eyebrows that surface when he is tired or mad. He also has a light brown birthmark on his right shoulderblade... and get this, a white mark on his left shoulderblade. Haha. I think it's cute!

Punky... Punkylu78

Neither of my kids have any but both me & my guy have them so we really thought our kids would. I have a few of them but the biggest is the size of my fist on my lower back and it's the Cafe au lait spots. My guys is about the same size but it's on his stomach.

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