Are you the concerned parent of a child who has a mark or spot somewhere on his or her skin? Did you know that over 80 percent of new babies are found to have some type of birthmark? While birthmarks can be a significant source of concern to parents, most are harmless and require no treatment. A birthmark is a colored spot on the skin, which is present at the time of birth or develops shortly after.
Birthmarks are a common type of discoloration that appear on your skin at birth or during the first few weeks of life. They can occur anywhere on your face or body. Birthmarks vary in color, size, appearance, and shape. Some are permanent and may get larger over time. Others fade away completely. Most birthmarks are harmless, but some indicate an underlying medical condition.
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Blue-gray spots, commonly referred to as Mongolian spots, are large flat lesions that are usually found on the lower back or buttocks of infants at birth. They can occasionally be found on the legs or shoulders of infants, but this is less common. The color of blue-gray spots ranges from deep brown to slate gray or blue-black. They are caused by collections of pigment-producing cells melanocytes located in a deeper layer in the skin and are the most common type of birthmark.