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Stork marks - Birth marks

Many babies are born with birth marks. The most common of these are called stork marks and appear on the back of the neck or between the eyes and are pink and half of all babies are born with one. They are flat and so if touched, cannot be felt. The size of the mark will vary and they can be light or dark. They are called stork marks as they look like the mark where the stork picked up the baby at the back of the neck and carried it to the mother.

Do stork marks fade over time?

These marks can be worrying for some parents especially if they are prominent. They tend to darken when the baby cries and this can sometimes also be a cause for concern. However, the stork marks do tend to fade with time and some fade away by the time the baby is a few months old and most are gone by a year. It has been noticed that there could be a link in the position and the likelihood of fading – with the marks on the face being more likely to fade than those on the back of the neck. Fortunately the back of the neck is often covered with hair so the marks are not visible anyway.

Other types of birth marks?

There are other types of birth marks which tend to be darker in color and change the texture of the skin. These are more noticeable and persistent and include marks known as strawberry marks and port wine stain. These can be removed using lasers or skin grafts, but it is not usually something that is done until adulthood or until the child has stopped growing. There is evidence that some types of birthmarks could be heredity but many of them are due to an abnormality of the blood vessels.

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