What Is a Birthmark, and When Will It Disappear?
Will your child’s birthmark ever fade? You start asking this question, to yourself and your pediatrician, after your child is born with one. You’re afraid it will stay with them as they grow up. It appears in the form of a pink, brown, burgundy, or strawberry-like spot.
What You Should Know About Your Child’s Birthmark
Pink Birthmark (Salmon Patches)
- No sooner is your child born than you examine them tip to toe. This is when you may notice that they have a light pink birthmark on their forehead or eyelids.
- There is still no known reason for the appearance of this birthmark, but the good news is that it often disappears in the first year of a little one’s life.
Burgundy Birthmark (Firemark)
- You don’t like this birthmark on your child because it’s clear and may damage their good looks. The reason for its formation is that their blood vessels have dilated, leaving a trace of this color on their skin.
- Unfortunately, this birthmark may be located on your newborn’s face. But don’t worry, technology has evolved, and these marks can now be removed, at least in part, by special laser technology. This requires five or six sessions with general anesthetic, and a child can start the process once they turn one.
Strawberry Birthmark (Strawberry Hemangioma)
- This birthmark looks like a strawberry, and usually it appears a little while after your child is born. It spreads and only stops growing between months three and six.
- In 80 percent of cases, this birthmark fades when your child turns three or five. If it appears on their eyelids, the top of their nose, or around their mouth, though, it’s best to consult a dermatologist for advice.
- When a spot in the shape of a large mole appears on part of your newborn’s skin, it is because there is a higher level of melanin or pigment giving the color in that area.
- This birthmark doesn’t need any special treatment and is not usually dangerous. If your newborn has a lot of similar birthmarks, this is due to genetics. In this case, you should put the little one under medical observation to be sure these birthmarks don’t turn into skin cancer. The specialist may suggest removing them.