Why do babies have birthmarks?

Soon after you hold your baby in your arms, you might notice a blemish or blot that mars his perfect little skin. Some of these blemishes will soon fade away as your baby adapts to his new life, but others, like some birthmarks, are here to stay.

Babies and birthmarks almost go hand in hand, as their appearance is quite common. They can range from barely visible to distinct and disfiguring. Birthmarks can be flat discoloured spots or raised nodules.

No matter what their appearance, the blemishes can be quite upsetting, but most types of birthmarks are completely harmless.

What causes birthmarks?

According to folklore all across the globe, birthmarks are caused by suppressed desires. So, if you don’t satisfy your craving for strawberries during pregnancy – your baby will have a strawberry birth mark. Luckily, this is nothing more than a myth. Birthmarks can not be prevented even if you tried, and nothing you did during the course of your pregnancy will have caused it to appear.

Experts believe that birthmarks are not usually hereditary, and neither can they be caused by trauma to the skin during delivery. Birthmarks among Asian people are also far less common than in other parts of the world – good news for a Singaporean mummy.

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None the less, your baby might still sport blemish after birth. This will fall into one of two types of birthmarks – vascular or pigmented. The blood vessels under your baby’s skin can cause a vascular birthmark, typically in shades of red and pink. Pigmented birthmarks on the other hand, are brown and dark in colour as a result of abnormal pigmentation of the skin cells. The different types of birthmarks have different causes behind them.

Types of birthmarks

Find out about the different types of birthmarks on the next page…