Storchenbiss: If the stork real grip too tightly

Half of all babies are born with a birth marks on the world. The skin discoloration is harmless and goes away by itself again. Unlike the birthmark: So you can both different.

Baby with stork bite

A stork bite can (as here) occur on the Strin, often in the neck or on his nose and eyelids.

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Since the stork has a little too tightly packed added: That at least is the tale of how the red spots develop in babies neck. And stems from the designation Storchenbiss for prominent places on the baby skin. They can also occur on his forehead, the nose or the eyelid.

Many parents worry that these skin discoloration may accompany their child for a lifetime. But this concern is unwarranted. The stork bite usually disappears in the first year of life all by itself and is completely harmless. Nearly half of all newborns comes with this birthmark on the world. What exactly is the reason for it, the science is not yet clear.

It is certain that a stork bite is a collection of dilated blood vessels just under the skin. Normally, the blood vessels are somewhat lower and therefore are not as clearly seen. If the baby is very loaded or during crying over backwards example, it is feverish, then, the skin patches - take on a darker color - due to the increased blood flow. Conversely, a stork bite faded instantly when you press it lightly. Seek you do not have a stork bite. Only in a few cases, he just will not fade away on its own. Keeping the skin discoloration to more than three years, then you can talk to your doctor about possible treatments. Meanwhile, there are gentle laser methods by which the stork bites can be treated.
Do not confuse: Stork bite and wine stain

Do not confuse the Storchenbiss with a haemangioma or a port wine stain (angioma). While the Storchenbiss really found only in the head area, can be a birthmark occur all over the body. Cause is also a pathological dilation of blood vessels. However, a port wine stain does not fade over time but also grows and the discoloration of the skin is more intense - from dark red to purple. They look worse, but also wine stains are benign and usually harmless. Nevertheless, caution is: As sometimes wine stains occur in conjunction with other hereditary diseases. Let the - even if the probability is low - in any case by a doctor to exclude.

Unlike the stork bite birthmark or who the baby at birth, a haemangioma can arise spontaneously. In newborns, they occur very frequently and grow very quickly. Sometimes you can see really how it spreads. This can really make you scared. And then the doctors speak also of a tumor. But as bad as it sounds, this is not. It is true that a Blutschwamm is a benign tumor, a sudden overgrowth of blood vessels. But the reason is not dangerous. Also haemangioma disappear all by themselves again. However, this can take - often several years. to distinguish clearly from a Storchenbiss or a birthmark is a haemangioma in that it is slightly raised. Hence the name comes sponge.
Also haemangioma are safe


For you as parents important: You have done nothing wrong, either in the care of the baby even during pregnancy and childbirth nothing went wrong. Why haemangioma, a birthmark or birth marks arise, is still not entirely clear. It is - even if the answer little satisfied - just a freak of nature. And crucial thing is that the lesions are all safe for the baby.


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