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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corby... corbyzmom

does a cat track count?

Tigge... Tigger9406

My son has an angel kiss birthmark at the nape of his neck.  It is now covered by his hair...so you can't even tell he has one.

Agent... AgentBrez

my kids dont have any but a classmate of mine had a cafe au lait spot right on her forehead, took up about 1/4 of it. people were so mean to her about it, they called it a 'poop stain.'

Jesse... JessecaLynn

All 3 of my kids have the angel kiss on the nape of their neck.  Paige also has one that gets really red inbetween her eye at the top of her nose, and one at the top of her butt crack, lol.

madam... madamekatekate

My daughter doesn't have any but I do.


A nice splotch on the back of my ankle...My mom says the first time she noticed it she thought it was dirt and tried washing it off, lol.

LilSt... LilStar9905

My baby is 9 weeks and has one. My doctor hasn't given a name but definitely looks and sounds like  Hemangiomas. My doctor did say she wasn't overly concerned and it should go away around a years time.

Freela Freela

My youngest has a pigmented birthmark on the iris of her eye.  It quite literally looks like her eye has been divided into quarters and one of the bottom quarters is a significantly darker brown than the rest of her eyes.  It was more noticeable as a newborn because the rest of her eye colour was lighter then- now that her eyes are brown you can only see the difference very close or in bright sunlight.  I think it's kind of neat.  The only downside is, just like having a mole anywhere on your body, it can raise the risk of certain cancers.  She will have her eye photographed at routine eye exams so that the doctor can quickly spot any changes in the size or shape of the birthmark.

Kaytl... Kaytlynsmommy

My son has a stork bite on the back of his neck and my daughter has 2 stork bites...back of her neck and back of her head. (the stork didn't like them...lol) I have one on my upper arm. My husband has one of the Cafe Au Lait spots on his back. It says that those can mean nerve disease...multiple sclerosis runs in his family.... Crap.

amybu... amybuddy45

My son has a coffee colored one right above his left eyebrow.  It was really light when he was born but has now stopped getting darker.  It has gotten a bit bigger since he was born and the doc has monitored it over the years...but it is just  a regular birthmark and we haven't had problems with it at all.  when he first started school kids asked and he told them so he has no problem with it.  I was very proud of him for knowing what to say and how to handle the situation without getting embarassed.

Xandr... Xandriasmommy

My daughter has a stork bite on her left hip and then has 2 cafe au lait, one on each leg where it meets the groin area. But I have several of the cafe au lait and I don't have an issues.

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