Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Ada | 2007/03/12

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Red area at the back of the head

My daughter is 4 months old and has a red areas at the back of her head, more to the center. I am not sure if it's painful or not but there is no change on my daughters behaviour. Should I be concerned?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

I presume she has had these marks since birth. They are often called 'stork bites' and will disappear by themselves with time.There is no need for concern.

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Posted by: Bd | 2007/03/14

I am 31 and still have those marks at the back of my head. I see my LO who is 5 months has the same marks. I have always jsut assumed that they are birth marks.

I am still OK though LOL

Reply to Bd
Posted by: A mom | 2007/03/12

Its most probably strawberry hemangiomas (also called strawberry mark, nevus vascularis, capillary hemangioma, hemangioma simplex). It may appear anywhere on the body, but are most common on the face, scalp, back, or chest. They consist of small, closely packed blood vessels. They may be absent at birth, and develop at several weeks. They usually grow rapidly, remain a fixed size, and then subside. In most cases, strawberry hemangiomas disappear by the time a child is 9 years old. Some slight discoloration or puckering of the skin may remain at the site of the hemangioma.

Dont' worry, my daughter is now 11 months old and hers is almost completely gone. Ahe also had it at the back of her head in the middle. If you are unsure, take her to your nearest clinic or paed.

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