Understanding Birthmarks

understanding-birthmarks

According to Medline Plus, “birthmarks are abnormalities of the skin that are present when a baby is born.” Now, while “abnormalities of the skin” may sound a bit intimidating, the truth is that many children have some sort of birthmark. Birthmarks come in two types: pigmented and vascular. Furthermore, each of these categories can be further divided into six common subcategories.

Birthmarks make us different from each other, and differences are something to celebrate!

Pigmented birthmarks are caused by an excessive amount of pigmentation cells in the skin.

The first and most common type of pigmented birthmark is a café-au-lait spot, which resembles coffee mixed with milk.

If you notice multiple spots like this on your child, and they are larger than the size of a quarter, bring it to your doctor’s attention. 

Mongolian spots and moles are the other most common types of pigmented birthmarks. Mongolian spots are bluish-gray marks that usually occur on the lower back or buttocks and usually fade by the time your child reaches kindergarten. Moles are small, usually circular bumps that vary in color from light brown to almost black, depending on the skin color of the affected child.

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If you notice a mole on your child that wasn’t there before, and it is irregularly shaped, see your doctor. These types of moles share similar qualities with skin cancer and need careful monitoring.

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  1. mommy nhoj says:

    My girl has 2 cafe au lait – one in the arm and the other on th leg. It ‘s not bothersome and I remember her pedia tlling me I ‘ve got a good eye to notice them and point where they are exactly!

  2. LIZ says:

    my have one, and hoping that dissapears soon

  3. Lesa says:

    I didn’t know there were so many names for a birth marks thanks for the new information !

  4. Claudia says:

    Informative and helpful.

  5. Jordan says:

    This is a great starter article. I have a port wine stain on my chin and never had issues with it til I became pregnant. My son doesn’t seem to have any birthmarks though

  6. This is very helpful for someone such as myself that doesn’t have a birthmark.

  7. Marshall says:

    Interesting.. things ya never knew

  8. Wiley says:

    I always wondered and now I know. Interesting.

  9. Queenyanna says:

    I’m 18 and I have a birthmark shaped like a strawberry on my arm but now it is slowly fading away.

  10. gfeld says:

    I had a strawberry birthmark up until I was 17 years old and then it faded away and was gone.

  11. Cocuh5 says:

    My 5 year olds birthmark is directly in the middle of his chest right under where the breat plate is at and it’s a perfect half an inch circle lol. My oldest daughter birthmark is not even the perfectly placed

  12. Helene says:

    I found this very helpful!!

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