There is a possibility that your newborn might have birthmarks or rashes on his skin at the time of birth, some of which might fade away on their own and some might require treatment for removal. Let's find out more about birthmark meaning and if there is anything you need to worry about.
We have often wondered about the meaning of moles on body and if moles in different body parts mean something different. Some people believe that moles and other marks are lucky, while some associate them with bad luck. In reality, birthmarks have various scientific causes and are usually nothing to worry about.
Basic Types of Newborn Birthmarks
Vascular birthmarks -
These appear because of the blood vessels below the surface of your newborn's skin. Depending on the depth of the blood vessels, they may show up in a range of colours, from pink to red to bluish.
Pigmented birthmarks -
These are generally brown, gray, blue or black and appear due to the abnormal development of pigment cells.
Newborn Birthmarks Variety
Here are the main types of birthmarks in babies and what they mean:
These are a group of pigment-making skin cells and vary in their size. They can be flat or raised, black or brown in colour and hairy or non-hairy. Congenital nevi, or moles, occur at the time of birth. They may be flat in the initial stages, but can become slightly larger as your newborn grows and might have the possibility to turn cancerous.
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Café au lait spots:
These are pigmented birthmarks that are tan or light brown flat patches. These usually vanish or become smaller as the newborn grows. These birthmarks have the tendency to turn dark in colour on exposure to sunlight. If there is a group of six or more café au lait spots on your newborn’s skin, it could be a sign of a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1), which might become a cause of learning disability in your baby at a later stage in life.
Stork bites, angel kisses or salmon patches and vascular stains:
These are the most common type of birthmarks in newborns. These baby birth marks are faded pink or purple flat marks, which are formed by dilated capillaries close to the skin's surface. These become quite noticeable when the newborn cries or there is a change in his body temperature. Stork bites occur on the back of the neck. Angel kisses occur on the forehead or eyelids and vanish by age 2.
It includes a diverse variety of growth composed of blood-vessel cells, which can be flat or raised lesions. Such birthmark effects are common in girls, preemies and twins. They appear the most on head and neck during the first six weeks of your baby’s birth and have a fast growth rate as compared to other birthmarks.
It can be easy to mistake an underlying skin problem with a birthmark. Babies have very sensitive skin and are prone to infections of all kinds. You should use only baby-friendly skin creams that do not contain any harmful chemicals. Consult with the paediatrician to discuss this further.
These are vascular birthmarks that happen due to malformation of a capillary inside the body. They can appear anywhere on the body and have pale pink to dark purple colours. If this birthmark is near the eye and cheek of the newborn, it might interfere with vision of the baby resulting in glaucoma in adulthood.
Mongolian spots (Blue and Gray):
Newborns with dark skin might have these large and flat spots on their lower back or buttock. These fade away by school age.
Birthmark Treatment in Newborns
As your newborn grows, most birthmarks fade on their own without affecting his health. If you are wondering how to remove birthmark, your doctor might recommend surgery or laser therapy, in case of specific hemangiomas. Other treatment options include topical or oral beta-blockers and topical, oral, or injected steroids.
Do keep in mind that if you go for any surgical birthmark-removal treatments, it can cause some scarring on your baby’s skin. Your baby's health is far more important, isn't it? Bond with baby and maintain his baby soft skin by giving daily massages with baby lotion or baby oil.
So this was all about the different birthmarks in babies. Does your little one also have a birthmark? Which one do you think it is? Let us know in the comments.