Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Vuyi | 2009/10/08

Q.

Birthmarks

My 5 month old baby girl has a 2-3cm bright red mark on the back of the neck just below the hair (we are very light in complexion) My grandmother says it' s a very dangerous mark (ibala in Zulu), apparently it' s going to move up into her fontalle and then she will die. We have already seen the Paeditrician for her checkups and she got a clean bill of health but still this scares me a lot. Please help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is called a 'stork mark' and is one of the most common and least worrying of the birthmarks found in babies. Do not be concerned. It is not at all dangerous. No treatment is needed. The stork mark will disappear by itself without any treatment at all.

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Posted by: Ntebza | 2014/12/04

Is it itchy nd does it bend the baby's neck?

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