Q&A: What is a stork mark and when will it fade?

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Ahhh the good old myth about the stork delivering you your precious little one. If only it was that easy right?

If you’ve got a baby with a ‘stork mark’ (also known as angel kisses and salmon patches), you might not think it’s quite as cute as the story that goes with it. Don’t worry, we’re here to tell you when your bub’s stork mark birthmark will fade.

What is a stork mark?

If you ask for the old wives’ tale version, a stork mark is a mark left on your little one from where the stork picked him or her up to carry them to you. Since you’ve already delivered a baby, we’re relatively confident that you now know very well that that’s not where babies come from!

A stork mark is really just a pink, flat mark that can be any shape and cannot be felt if you touch your baby’s skin. It’s one of a group of a few common birthmarks that you may have seen on bubs in your friend or family circles. They’re really common, up to half of all babies will have one somewhere and they’re usually found around the face and neck area.

Stork Mark on sleeping baby

What causes them?

Another old wives’ tale is that birth trauma cases stork marks. Thankfully, just like the stork tale, we now know this isn’t true.

Birthmarks can sometimes be inherited, but it’s more likely thought to be caused by stretched or dilated blood vessels, or a concentration of immature blood vessels lying close under the skin. This is the same reason that stork marks may become more prominent when baby is crying or hot.

When will they fade?

If you’re concerned that your baby will have a birthmark for the rest of their life, try not to worry. The good news is that most stork marks in the facial area will fade within the first 18 months of life.

Some larger stork marks, like those found on babies’ necks, are often permanent. However, removal is often possible with laser treatment.

Have any birthmarks checked by your healthcare provider. In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful bundle that the stork had absolutely nothing to do with. Because it was all you, Mumma!


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