A Stork Bite is a birthmark, usually temporary that occurs in about one third of newborns. It is is due to a stretching (dilation) of certain blood vessels. It may become darker when the child cries or the temperature changes. It may fade when pressure is put on it. A stork bite usually looks pink and flat. A baby may be born with a stork bite. It may also appear in the first months of life. Stork bites may be found on the forehead, eyelids, nose, upper lip, or back of the neck.

A healthcare provider can diagnose a stork bite. It’s also important to notify your doctor if your baby’s birthmark bleeds, itches, or appears painful.

If the mark remains after age three, it may be removed by laser. Laser treatments target the blood vessels underneath the skin. They are painless and effective, but can take more than one treatment to receive the desired results. If you decide against laser treatments, your child may be able to camouflage the birthmark with makeup later in life.

If the mark is permanent, a stork bite can be especially challenging for young children. Talk to your child about the birthmark and answer any questions they may have. You can also help your child prepare a response in case classmates ask about a mark on his forehead, face, or neck.

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