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Illnesses & Symptoms


Many birthmarks are present at birth, some actually show up months later but are still called birthmarks.

Common Birthmarks

Angel's Kisses

Flat, reddish areas on the eyelids, forehead, nose, or upper lip. They fade over time.

Stork Bites

Similar reddish areas on the nape of the neck or back of the head, sometimes along the spine. They fade over time.

Mongolian Spots

Purplish areas most commonly in darker pigmented babies. They tend to be over the sacrum (tailbone) but can be anywhere on the body, sometimes extensive. They fade over time.


Reddish areas that start flat but grow, sometimes to large sizes. They are called "strawberries" because they resemble strawberries growing out of the skin. They are not treated unless they obstruct vision or obstruct the airway/breathing. Most grow the first 18 months of life and then shrink until gone by school age.

Cafe au Lait

Tan, flat areas that develop during life. Most people develop 1-2 of these. More than 6 may be associated with medical conditions, especially if the child has freckles in the armpits or groin or there is a family history of neurofibromatosis.

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Illnesses & Symptoms