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Newborn and Infant Care

Stork bite

02/13/2003

Question:

my 16 month old dauther has a really big stork bit, on her forhead between her eyes and on the back of the head. I was told that it would go away but it doesn`t look like it will be anytime soon. will it go away? and how big are they sapposed to be?

Answer:

A stork bite (Telangiectatic nevi) is a pale pink or red spot usually found on the head or neck. These markings are very common in the light-complected babies, and are highly visible during crying. They usually fade by the second birthday. The size is variable. At your daughters next well child visit you should discuss your concerns with her health care provider. 

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati