Guide for identifying baby birthmarks

Joel stice

Newborns commonly have spots and splotches on their skin, but not all birthmarks are the same. Experts explain the significant variations in baby birthmarks.


Deep-red "strawberry" birthmarks are common, affecting up to 10% of children. They grow rapidly in the first year and disappear in 3-10 years, leaving discoloration.

Café-Au-Lait Spots

Coffee-colored birthmarks occur in about 2% of babies, and lasers can treat them if desired. Having five or more spots can indicate a genetic disorder, requiring further testing.

Port-Wine Stains

Vino-colored port-wine birthmarks affect about 3 in 1,000 children and darken as they grow. While they won't vanish naturally, laser treatment can help lighten them, ideally done in the first three months to limit their progression.

Mongolian Spots

Bruise-like Mongolian spots appear in 20% of babies, more common in darker skin, and fade within five years. These spots can be mistaken for abuse, so it's essential to point them out to a pediatrician and record them in the medical records.

Salmon Patches

Flat, pink nevus simplex marks affect 30-40% of newborns, disappearing by the second birthday, but can be treated with laser therapy. They are called "stork bites" at the nape of the neck and "angel kisses" around the eyes.

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