Childhood illnesses

Stork sting and angel's kiss, spots on children that scare parents

During pregnancy, the baby can be monitored by ultrasound to see that he has all his limbs and organs, to rule out any congenital defects, to make sure that his heart is working perfectly and, even now, with new technology, the traits can be appreciated almost perfect facials. As soon as the baby is born and is taken in her arms, each part of her body begins to be detailed and reviewed, confirming many of the things that had been seen through the ultrasound. Also observed, in some cases, what is known as stork bite or angel kiss, spots on the skin of children that frighten and worry parents. Before raising alarms, let's consider a few issues!

These pink or pinkish spots occur at the level of the forehead and can extend to the eyelids, reach the back of the neck, that is, at the level of the neck. This, of course, generates concern and / or anguish on the part of the parents, because sometimes they are very obvious and remain despite the passage of time.

In my experience as a pediatrician, when a newborn is taken to its first check-up, one of the must-do things I explain is These spots are called the angel's kiss and the stork's sting or peck, that next I will explain what they are about.

They give the name of 'The Angel's Kiss' to the spot on the forehead because in ancient times they said that angels approached newborn children and gave them a kiss on the forehead area to bless them and, for this reason , there was a red mark in that area. And the red spot on the nape, is called 'The bite or peck of the stork' and it was attributed to the fact that during the flight of the stork taking the baby to its parents, it brushed the area of ​​the neck with its long beak and it left a red mark on that area.

Scientifically they are called by various forms, flamium nevus, simple nevus, salmon spot or flat angioma, and they are a cluster of blood vessels that are found near the surface of the skin and that is why they are observed of that color. They affect a large percentage of newborns, between 40 to 50%. In fact, almost all newborns are born with these spots, which are irregular in shape and of varying size.

They are benign lesions that generally do not warrant treatment and that disappear in weeks or months. Usually after 18 months they have disappeared or have decreased in color and size. In rare cases they remain for many years that may need dermatological treatment. They appear more in females than in males, in a percentage of 3 to 1.

Its most frequent location is the forehead and the nape or back of the neck, but it can extend to the eyelids, nose or scalp. The color of these spots is usually reddish or pinkish, but they can become intense at times when, for example, the baby is crying, laughing or hot.

As I said before, these spots are benign lesions formed by clusters of blood vessels, close to the surface of the skin and that disappear over time, so they generally do not merit any treatment.

However, if they persist, especially the angel's kiss, which can be aesthetically uncomfortable at the level of the face, a laser treatment would be done, done by professionals such as dermatologists or plastic surgeons.

The spot on the nape of the neck, the stork bite, often persists longer until it disappears spontaneously, but it can usually be covered with hair, so it does not merit any treatment. The recommendations that I give you as a pediatrician for both chaos are:

- Do not stress by the presence of these spots in their children. As I said, they are benign and without realizing it, they usually disappear as the baby grows.

- Do not self-medicate, that is, do not apply any cream, lotion or natural remedy on your own or that someone suggests.

- If they are large, especially that of the face, that is, the angel's kiss and persist over time, consult your pediatrician, who will take the necessary corrections.

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Video: Angel kiss. Cutaneous hemangioma. Red spots in babies. (September 2020).