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12-15-2008, 02:30 PM
Has anyone ever heard of this term? One of the nurses said Mark has a stork bite after he was born. The mark is a reddened area between his eyes, over the bridge of his nose in a V shape. It's not very dark but it is a noticeable redness.
Some people we know at church have a daughter who is about 9 months who has nearly the same mark in the same area. Her dad noticed our kids have similar marks and referred to it as a birthmark.
I'm curious if this is at all common, a V mark / redness on the bridge of the nose, and if it is a permanent redness or something temporary that fades? Mark is 2 months old and it has not changed.
And is anyone familiar with the term stork bite? I guess I'm off to Google it. :)
12-15-2008, 02:33 PM
DS2 had one between his eyebrows and one on the back of his neck. He will be one in a few weeks and they are barely noticable now. Don't worry. They are just birthmarks that fade.
I have always thought the term "stork bites" was pretty clever!
DS1 age 10 years
DS2 age 11 months
12-15-2008, 02:36 PM
I've heard of it. Baby411.com (same site as these message boards) has a bonus materials section with pictures of all sorts of different marks/moles/etc. I bet there's a storkbite picture. I think they're supposed to fade.
12-15-2008, 02:36 PM
DD had one, as did my teaching assistant's DD who is a year older. One of my K students had one also, so I was picturing it being there 5 years later.
It totally faded, and I didn't even remember it until you asked. I believe it faded on TA's DD also. IIRC, it is from spending time "a little lodged" in the birth canal. Could be totally wrong. The thing I noticed on both babies is that they had marks between the eyes and also a reddened area at the nape of the neck as well.
12-15-2008, 02:40 PM
DS has one on the back of his neck, under his hair. The last time I looked, it ws still there, but definitely faded. I think they are pretty common, but I hadn't heard of them anywhere besides the neck.
12-15-2008, 02:45 PM
DH and DD#1 have them at the base of the neck at the hairline. You cant really see them unless they are in the heat. It's a birthmark.
12-15-2008, 02:47 PM
Wiki has a good overview:
Amy has a strawberry on her belly. :)
12-15-2008, 02:48 PM
These are actually really common on the nape of the neck. They got the nickname storkbite because that is where the stork would "hold" the baby... Both my boys had one on their nape. I actually just noticed last night that DS2 still has his under his hair.
12-15-2008, 02:49 PM
DD #1 has what the ped referred to as a stork bite (some call it a strawberry) Hers has faded drastically since she was born and only is noticable now (at 4 yrs.) when she becomes upset (crying). Hers is on her lower forehead right above the bridge of her nose (kind of between her eyebrows). Yeah, it's basically a birthmark, that's what we were told.
Edited to say that our ped told us they should fade if not totally disappear by age 2.
12-15-2008, 02:50 PM
DS had a few on his face- but the dr said, when on the face, they are called "angel kisses"! LOL!
They have faded drastically- some within the first month- but they do sometimes show if DS cries or gets red in the face for some reason.
DS has the same between his eyes and forehead. It was fairly dark but has faded, I can still see it most days but I know it is there. It becomes more prominent when he is overheated, exerting himself (riding bike, running, etc.) or upset. So we see it often, LOL. He also has one at the nape, his hair covers it for the most part.
12-15-2008, 04:25 PM
I have one, my sister has one and my DD has one too. Don't worry it shouldn't be noticeable in a few months. Our Dr said that baby's skin is very translucent and as they get older the skin gets less transparent so you can't see the blemish anymore. Mine and my sister's faded by 9 months. DD is almost 5 months now and it is still noticeable in person, but has definitely gotten lighter. I know with my sister, that even now in her mid-twenties when she gets really emotional, if you know where to look you can start to see it again.
My sister has made the suggestion that the V shape indicates that it is the mark of the dark lord ;)
DS had one on his eyelid and DD has one still on the back of her neck. They are common. My sister had the same one on the back of her neck as my DD.
12-15-2008, 06:54 PM
When DS was in the NICU his nurse asked me whether I had seen his stork bite. After an emergency c/s I hadn't seen anything but his ventilator, and I had never heard of a "stork bite"! She showed me the red blotch, about the size of a dime, on his right thigh. It has faded tremendously in 4+ years and now I find that I look for it with a feeling of nostalgia.
12-15-2008, 07:00 PM
DS had lots of tiny little red marks on the nape of his neck that the dr. said were stork bites. I don't know when they faded exactly, but they're gone now.
12-15-2008, 08:12 PM
spider nevi I think is the technical name. Blood vessels close to the surface. Both my kids have/had them
12-15-2008, 08:35 PM
DD has one on her neck. DS2 has a v shaped one over his left eyebrow.
Our hospital calls them "angel kisses" instead.
12-15-2008, 09:55 PM
DS had one. We called it "Angel Kisses". His faded, though now that I think of it, I can't recall when it did. I guess it just disappeared over time. He just turned one.
12-15-2008, 10:00 PM
Both of my girls have stork bites at the nape of their necks, in their hairline as they got more hair.
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