Babies birthmarks are very common and usually, 1 out of 10 babies have birthmarks. Some of these birthmarks are found to fade as time goes by. Following is a discussion about the types, history and treatments for these marks.
Up to the 18th century, birthmarks on the unborn baby were thought to be influenced by the mental state and emotions of the mother .That means if a mother craved for raspberries when she was pregnant, her baby can actually be born with a glowing, raspberry-shaped birth mark! In Italian tradition, these birthmarks are thought of as a symbol of a mother's unfulfilled wish.
In older days, a birthmark was thought of as a dangerous thing to have. They were thought as a mark of the devil, and women with them were often dreaded like witches. "The Birth-Mark," , a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne features the story of a woman with a birthmark who was continuously blamed and disliked by her husband on account of her blemish which eventually leads her to her death.
On the other hand some birthmarks are also considered good. Native American legends pass the belief that these spots are marks of an injury which came from his or her previous birth. So, instead of thinking them as a bad thing they are often viewed as marks showing the person is reincarnated.
There are basically two types of birthmarks depending upon how they are formed. First type is dark marks caused by hyper pigmentation and the other is called vascular malformations which are marks reddish in color formed from abnormal blood vessels. Extreme pigmentation birthmarks are also known as coffee-cream spots, nevi, cafe-au-lait spots, Mongolian spots or moles. Atypical blood vessel formations create salmon patches, port-wine stainsvenous stains, and different types of hemangiomas, including cavernous hemangiomas and strawberries.
These birthmarks can be removed or made to fade by certain surgical procedures if we wish so. Some of these fade away by their own also. There are some which can not be removed at all also.For example, cafe-au-lait patches will return even if we use laser treatment to fade them.
Macular marks or vascular malformation birthmarks fades away by themselves in most cases. This includes stork bites and Angel's kisses. It is commonly observed that these typically disappear as the child gets five or six years old, but at times its possible for them to take longer time to fade also.
It is often found that these embarrassing birthmarks significantly affect the self esteem of your child and if these are treated with laser fading successful it can enhance the child's self-esteem particularly if the blemish is in a noticeable location. For some hemangiomas, moles and port wine stains most commonly used removal procedure is laser fading.
Also keep in mind that some birthmarks may require even surgery to cut out the spot. This can include cavernous hemangiomas , deep moles or nevi, and strawberry. This is only done in case the mole is in a position that limits child vision or hearing or in case they become precursors for cancerous cells.
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