Both our kids have birthmarks. Actually, the doctor said that "birthmark" isn't quite the right term, because what they have isn't usually there at birth - it shows up a few weeks later. The technical term for it is "hemangioma."
So what's a hemangioma? Here's a definition from BabyCenter:
Annika's birthmark is on her neck, under her chin. When I first noticed it (a few weeks after she was born), I thought that I was a terrible mother, and my beautiful, new baby had a rash on her neck because I hadn't been washing her properly (you know how that spit up can get into every little nook and cranny!).
I showed it to the doctor at our next visit, and he assured me that I had nothing to do with it. He said that they usually left these kind of "birthmarks" alone (as long as they didn't interfere with vision, breathing, etc), as they tended to resolve on their own better than with treatment. Since her double chin covered it up most of the time, we hardly ever saw it. It "grew" until she was about 6 months, and then started to go away. I don't remember exactly when it started to shrink and it's hard to tell from pictures because it's not visible in most pictures, unless she's looking up at the right angle. It's still visible now (just a few small dots), but it's in such an inconspicuous spot that it doesn't get much attention. As you can see in this picture below, it's almost completely gone (and that picture was taken about 6 months ago).
|2 1/2 years (being a bit silly!)|
About 7 weeks, barely visible 4 1/2 months