When your little one is born they can be everything that you imagined, they have the softest skin, little hands, and a tiny nose, and it can be hard to imagine how perfect they can be. There are times when a baby is born where they have a spot on their skin known as a birthmark. And if you did not have a birthmark on you when you were growing up then you might have a few questions about the birthmark on your newborn. Though birthmarks are a normal thing that anyone can have there still is a lot of information about them that people don’t know about. So keep reading to learn ten things you didn’t know about birthmarks.
10 A Mole Can Be A Birthmark
Many people believe that moles and birthmarks are different. Though moles are commonly found on a body once a person grows, some babies are born with moles on them. According to AAD.org, a mole is considered a birthmark if a baby was born with it or if one appears shortly after birth. So if you see that one day a mole has appeared on your newborn, don’t worry, it is just a birthmark that has appeared on them. Remember that it is shortly after birth and if you see a mole on your ten-year-old it is not a birthmark.
9 There Are Two Main Types Of Birthmarks
Birthmarks are different and unique from each other whether there are multiple on the same person or on different people. According to MichDerm.com, there are two main types of birthmarks that newborns are born with. These two types of birthmarks are known as vascular and pigmented. Vascular birthmarks are ones with blood vessels on the skin meaning that there is going to be a red birthmark that is risen from the skin of the newborn. The other type of birthmarks are pigmented birthmarks and these are known for being flat and commonly in different colors on the body.
If your baby was born with a birthmark, then you might be wondering what the treatment is to help your child get rid of it. MedicalNewsToday.com mentions that the majority of birthmarks will naturally disappear on their own over time. But if one does not go away then they can speak to a doctor about getting it removed surgically. The majority of the birthmarks on babies are normal and no not pose a threat to the person's life, but they might decide that they want to get rid of it for cosmetic reasons.
7 Birthmarks Locations
Many people think that the only place that a birthmark can appear of their child is on their faces, but that is not true. EliteDaily.com has shown that birthmarks can be anywhere on a baby’s body and that no place on the body represents anything about your baby’s development when they were in your womb. Do not blame yourself thinking that your baby has a birthmark on the side because you bumped your belly into the table that one time since birthmarks will appear wherever they want to on the skin.
6 Birthmarks Can Be Different Colors
Many people believe that birthmarks are only brown in color and though this may be the most common color of a birthmark they can come in a variety of colors. KidsHealth.org has stated that birthmarks can come in brown, tan, black, pale blue, pink, red, or purple. Though the different colors can seem surprising to partners the color of the birthmark does not attribute if the birthmark is abnormal or not. If your child is born with a blue or purple birthmark don’t panic since they come in all different colors.
5 Salmon Patch Birthmarks Are Common
Though birthmarks are common, there is one kind of birthmark that is more common than the others and that is the salmon patch birthmark. MichDerm.com has reported that one-third of all newborn babies have a “salmon patch” birthmark on them when they are born. The salmon patch birthmarks are known for being around babies' head, neck, forehead, and eyes. These types of birthmarks are the ones that tend to disappear within a few months after birth all by themselves. If your baby is born with a birthmark around their face, just realize that they are in the majority of them and that birthmark will disappear.
4 Causes Behind Them
If your child is born with a birthmark one of the first questions you might have about it to your doctor is why does your child have it? You might be surprised that your doctor will not have an answer for you about why your baby has a birthmark. According to MedicalNewsToday.com, researchers do not have a full understanding of why birthmarks appear on some babies. Though some doctors have some beliefs on why birthmark forms there is no clear research and studies to see if any of their hypotheses are correct.
3 A Dermatologist Should Look At Your Baby’s Birthmark
Since birthmarks are on the surface of the skin, dermatologists are known for looking at them. AAD.org has mentioned that if your newborn is born with a birthmark you should have a dermatologist check it out to make sure there is nothing abnormal about them. You should know if their birthmark is abnormal and need to be removed or need any treatment with it or if it is okay and will not affect your baby. So make sure that you talk to your newborn's doctor about their birthmark to see what they think about it.
2 Common Traits To Know About Them
Just like snowflakes, no two birthmarks are alike. KidsHealth.org stated that birthmarks can be flat or raised off the skin and that either kind is common on newborns. Additionally, birthmarks can also have regular or irregular borders, meaning that they can be like a circle or in a different shape on the skin. Do not worry if your baby’s birthmark is different than your friend's baby’s birthmarks since they are all different and make sure to keep that in mind so you do not worry about anything.
1 Growing Up With Birthmarks
Though it is common for most birthmarks to fade away as your child keeps growing and developing there are times when their birthmark can stay on their skin. If your child has a birthmark, you are going to want to teach them that it is normal and to love themselves no matter where their birthmark is. Whether the birthmark is on their leg or face, a birthmark does not make them any less beautiful. You want your child to feel self-confidence in themselves and to know that they are beautiful just how they are with their birthmark!