What Are Stork Marks?

Almost all of us come into this world with birthmarks. They are seen in a variety of shapes and sizes, with stork marks being the most frequent of the lot. Also known as telangiectatic naevi, stork marks are commonly found in newborn babies.

This can be described as marks that are flat, pink to salmon and irregular shaped. These are commonly spotted on the forehead, eyelid, and nape of the neck. Rarely, it might also appear on parts such as ear, upper lip, and under arm. They are particularly pronounced when the babies cry hard.

No particular cause is associated with its occurrence. It is estimated that one in every three kids are born with such natural blemishes. Stork marks derive its name from the belief that children are delivered to families by storks. Stork marks are scientifically explained as a cluster of small blood vessels formed just beneath the skin layer. They are aptly described in medical texts as ‘manufacturing accidents’. It is proved beyond doubt that such blemishes have nothing to do with what the mother ate or did during pregnant months.

However, in forty percent of cases, it is found that the stork marks fade by themselves, by the time the kids turn one year. Sometimes, the process of fading takes only six months whereas in some other cases, it might take a longer duration of two years.

Since they are temporary superficial blemishes, they generally do not pose any serious threat. Though parents are likely to get worried over the presence of such blemishes on the infant’s body, they are absolutely harmless and do not require any specific treatment. But, undue attention that these marks draw to their kids annoys many parents.

If, in case, you are opting for modes for concealing such imperfections, always ensure that the concealers that are being used does not irritate the baby’s skin.


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