Stork bite

Alternative Names

Salmon patch; Nevus flammeus

Definition of Stork bite

A stork bite is a common type of birthmark seen in a newborn. It is most often temporary.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Stork bites occur in about one third of all newborns.

Symptoms

A stork bite usually looks pink and flat. A baby may be born with a stork bite, or the birthmark may appear in the first months of life. Stork bites may be found on the forehead, eyelids, nose, upper lip, or back of the neck.

Signs and tests

A doctor can diagnose a stork bite simply by looking at. No tests are needed.

Treatment

No treatment is needed. If a stork bite lasts longer than 3 years, it may be removed with a laser to improve the person’s appearance.

Expectations (prognosis)

Most stork bites on the face go away completely in about 18 months. Stork bites on the back of the neck usually do not go away.

Review

Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 6/2/2009

Stork bite
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