What are stork bites and do they require treatment?

Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, shares advice for parents on how to recognize stork bite's in your child, and explains how to tell if they require treatment in your child
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What are stork bites and do they require treatment?

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Many parents are concerned about what we call the Angel's Kiss that occurs here on the forehead or Stork Bite that occurs here at the nape of the neck. These are typically pink to red birthmarks that are present at birth and consist of blood vessels that aren't quite as deep underneath the skin as normal. Typically, these fully resolves over years and a child may be - I don't know, may be 10 or 12, at the time that you see it go away totally. I don't typically 'recommend treating these until a child is significantly older in the teens because they tend to require multiple treatments and tend to be somewhat uncomfortable, if you do want to treat them. Also, by the time a child is that age, they are often resolved enough that they don't bother them anymore.

Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, shares advice for parents on how to recognize stork bite's in your child, and explains how to tell if they require treatment in your child

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Karyn Grossman, MD

Dermatologist

Karyn Grossman, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology in Santa Monica, CA and New York City. Her offices are "home" to thousands of elite patients with the highest of standards. Dr. Grossman attended a highly competitive, accelerated six-year premedical and medical program at Boston University and completed her residency and fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Grossman has been featured in many broadcast and print media outlets to provide consumers expert information on cosmetic procedures, skin care and sun protection. Some television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, the Martha Stewart Show, and The Doctors. She has been listed as one of the top cosmetic surgeons by Town & Country, Vogue, C Magazine, More Magazine, The New York Times, and L.A. Confidential. 

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