Whether you call them stork bites or angel kisses, the reddish-pink or blue marks that show up on your baby can be a little disconcerting. What are these marks really, and how should you treat them?
Stork Marks (Stork Bites)
When my son was born we noticed he had a bright red patch at the nape of his neck where his hairline met his neck. We had a forceps delivery and automatically assumed that it was just a birth battle scar that my son had endured from the birthing process. This mark however seemed to linger and we noticed that it would darken when he cried. My son is very blonde and is unusually fair with his father’s English rose skin, so I figured it appeared a little brighter than it would on infant who wasn’t so pale. We worried that this mark on the back of our sons neck was something more sinister so we raised our concerns with our child health nurse who kindly advised us that it was a stork mark. I was a little perplexed at the term and when I got home I Googled my little heart out to learn a little more about this phenomenon, and find out when we could expect it to clear.
Research suggests that most newborns have a stork bite somewhere. They often show up on the eyelids, the back of the neck or the middle of the forehead. The little patches of red are not rashes, but can be considered “birthmarks”.
Infants have really thin skin and where there are bunches of vessels they show through the surface resulting in what we call a “Stork Mark”, the official name for these marks is nevi. However I think Stork Mark is a much cuter name. To me it suggests that my baby was delivered by a stork, much sweeter than the horrendous birth process us women endure lol.
There is really nothing that you need to do to clear a stork mark and it is completely painless for our infants. It will usually remedy itself as some of the excess blood vessels shrink and your baby’s skin thickens. These marks will disappear usually by the time your baby is one year old. Some stork bites don’t completely go away. Most commonly these are the ones on the nape of the neck like my sons. Everything I have read suggests that it should fade however it at nearly three years old, it looks as bright as it did the day he was born. The only difference is that it’s now almost completely covered by his lovely blonde hair.