Many babies have birthmarks. Sometimes these are present at birth. Others do not develop until several weeks have elapsed.
Many mothers are upset if they see birthmarks on baby’s skin. Fortunately, in the majority of cases, there is no need for apprehension. Many tend to disappear in time. There is often no need to undergo any form of treatment.
Perhaps the commonest form of birthmark is one that occurs on the scalp, the back of the neck or lower part of the head. It may occur on an eyelid or near the bridge of the nose. It will often fade during the weeks following the confinement.
Birthmarks are often referred to technically as Angiomas.
Sometimes they may be extensive. They are frequently referred to as a “port-wine stain” (technically a diffuse capillary angioma). They may tend to fade as time passes, but many tend to remain. As the child gets older, the only treatment of benefit may be the skilled use of various masking applications.
Another sort of angioma is the “capillary-cavernous” type. These often start and grow a few weeks after birth. They can enlarge quite quickly, and the parent may be alarmed.
But the majority suddenly stop growing. They then tend to become smaller and smaller. Most fade away completely, leaving no scar or trace and no discoloration. It is best to leave them alone. Common moles are usually best left alone, too.