|Stork Bites |
What is a stork bite?
A stork bite is also called a salmon patch or an angel kiss. A stork bite is a form of a birthmark that many babies will have at birth.
An interesting fact about stork bites is that every baby will have them during fetal development. However, only one third of all babies will have a noticeable stork bite after birth. Stork bites occur when the blood vessels strech during fetal development and remain as collections of blood vessels after birth. Some stork bites are not seen at birth and will develop during the first few months of the baby's life. Most stork bites are temporary and will go away within a couple of years. Stork bites that are found on the back of the neck may be the most likely to be permanent.
A stork bite will be pink or red in color and can usually be seen on the eyelids, nose, forehead, neck, nose or lips. Stork bites are not painful and do not pose a threat to your baby. Because they are not contagious, stork bites also do not pose a threat to anyone else. You may notice that when your baby cries or becomes overheated, the stork bite will become more pronounced.
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frenchie23 - 1515 days ago.
:) I don't think its a birth defect either! I thought it was a birth mark... My daughter has one on the back of her neck by the hair line and yes it turns dark red when she cries and just is a dark pink ,'normally':p it doesn't bother me one bit that she has it, my boyfriend has it too at the exact same spot, never noticed his change color, maybe that stops as they get older..
girl from ab - 1811 days ago.
My son has a large one at the back of his neck into his hair line ( just like mine) I still have it so I assume he will to but he also has it on his eyelids and between his eyebrow LOL nice to know this ones on his face will probably fade in time
victoriassecret - 1811 days ago.
wow well my 2 yr old might have this and its only visible when i do her hair and never thought about it til now... is this bad or dangerous?
Mummylove - 1995 days ago.
My son's was a tiny pink one... And the one on his neck is dotty. It is hardly visable anymore..
Mummylove - 1995 days ago.
My 2 year old son had a tiny stork bite on his eyelid for a long time it went just after his first birthday. He still has it on the back of his neck under his hairline. They are cute. No problem with them, we thought it was just because of how I pushed him out until I came across this just now.... x
mom2dom - 2112 days ago.
my daughter is one month old and has one on the exact same spot my son did...on the right eyelid...so cute. his went away so i am sure hers will, too.
Bri - 2122 days ago.
affrikka - They aren't genetic. My second son has one in between his eyes. The doctors say it'll go away sometime this year but the one on the back of his head will remain. Oh well, I don't think he'll go bald, we don't have any bald men in my family. HAHA!
affrikka - 2144 days ago.
Ha wow, so that's what they're called! I've had one on my forehead (heart shaped) and one on my central lower back (elephant shape) that's been there all my life (am 36). My daughter points the forehead one out when I'm upset and knows I've been crying or about to lol. None of my 3 children have them, but I'm pregnant with 4th, so we'll see. I feel like I've met some kindred people!!
mom2dom - 2253 days ago.
My sonhad a little pink one on his eye lid. We were really the only ones that notcited and it stayed for so long ( like 6 months) that we just assumed it was there to stay. It was really cute. He is now 20 months and it was completely within the first year.
ashley lyn - 2253 days ago.
My daughter was born with one covering her whole left eyelid, a big one between her eyes, a really dark on on her left nostril, a HUGE one on the base of her neck, and a tiny one on her lower back. they have faded somewhat but she is only 4 weeks. when she gets mad they turn DARK purple lol. I dont even notice them anymore really, i guess im just used to her having them. I dont consider them a birth defect though considering all babies have them during fetal development..i guess some babies just arent special enough to be born with angel kisses like ours are!!!!!!!!! lol. they are DEFINATELY not a defect.
Ulandi - 2351 days ago.
i never knew what it was, but i do now. I remember my little girl was born with one on her left upper eyelid, but it has since gone away. she is 19 months now
Angelia - 2456 days ago.
Both of the stork bites on my son are now almost completely gone, even the one on the base of his neck by this hairline. I had read those often don't go away, but his is fading more and more every day. He is now 9.5 months old.
taliyahsmom - 2457 days ago.
My daughter was born with one on the tip of her finger. at 5 months old it started turning darker red, the next day it was the color of dried blood under her skin, like the blood vessels had burst. I took her into the doctor where they cut it off with a scapel because it had turn into a staph infection. its called a 'hemangioma' (sp?) she was antibiotics for 2 weeks and had to keep oitment on it with a bandaide. Which is veryyyy hard with a 5 month old that ALWAYS wants her fingers in her mouth!! it was very scary, the Phoenix Childrens Hospital was amazing and we went back 2 months later and they decided there was no need to laser it off. Thank God :)
daydays mom - 2465 days ago.
my daughter has them on the back of her neck. do they ever go away?
lmcrawford - 2468 days ago.
my dad, myself and both my daguthers were born with stork bites on the back of the neck, and my oldest daughter an myself have the same ones on our forehead, in the middle going down towards our nose. you could really notice it early on, but mine only comes out when i get too much sun or cry, as does hers. she has the ones on her eyelids too, which i always thought were so cute to call angel kisses. i'm curious to see if my son will be born with the same one on his neck and forehead! i wonder if they are common, or just geneticÉ
Angelia - 2479 days ago.
My son was born with two. One on the back base of his neck where the hairline ends and one in the middle of the back of his head, as if he had fallen. At first I got questioned a lot as to whether he had fallen, gotten hit, in his carrier too long, or laying on a hard surface all the time. It's slowly faded, and his hair is growing in so it's also slowly covering up but there for the longest time I was having to assure people he was perfectly fine, I'd even show them a side profile and say 'see, no flat spot anywhere on his head, he gets good rotation'.
AUTUMN - 2497 days ago.
my little girl was born with one of these at the base of her hairline ... I think it adds to her uniqueness... :)
jacobbs-mommy - 2505 days ago.
I still have mine from birth, and my son has identical ones I think they are freakin adorable and I'm happy he has them, sets him apart from all the other babies. :) And its one of the only things he got from mommy, this kid looks so much like his father its ridiculous!!!
angie2008 - 2509 days ago.
my Lo has storkbites on the back of her neck and they are pretty dark red. The dr said they will most likely be permanent. As long as it doesnt cause any type of medical problems, i don't care. I don't really see it as a birth defect.
liquidxx - 2510 days ago.
my son has one in the shape of a heart smack down in the middle of his forehead lol its awesome
lin - 2590 days ago.
lol, i did think thats really a birth defect either! My son has one on the back part of his upper thigh, its pretty small, i think its cute! He also has a little round brown birthmark on his butt cheeck!
flgrl - 2590 days ago.
my daughter has one on the back of her neck. I also dont consider it a birth defect!!
courtenay - 2623 days ago.
my daughter has a couple on the back of her head
vanessag7 - 2626 days ago.
My daughter developed one on the inside of her nose a few weeks ago. She was around 4 weeks old when it popped up and it doesnt bother me now I know what it is. Before that I was concerned
newmommyluv - 2641 days ago.
My daughter was born with a stork bite on her uper eyelid and it went away within 6 months. She is now 14 months old and has no sign of it ever being there.