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Child diseases and conditions



Birth Marks


Every child will have a mole in the body and some children may have more in number. Usually they seem to be small. A mole may have hair on it and may be raised above the skin, if found to be unsightly, they can be removed by operation.

The next is the mangolian marks. Some babies at birth have bluish marks on their buttocks and back. These may be small, or may cover most of the back. In some they may be found around wrists, knees and ankles. They certainly have nothing to do with mongolism or Down’s syndrome, which you might have heard about as one kind of mental retardation. These marks usually disappear by 9 months to 1 year of age.

The next kind is Naevus. A raised pinkish mark which can be referred to as a strawberry mark, because it looks like a strawberry. These are very tiny at birth, and may not be visible. They increase in size during the first few months but then gradual1y become smaller and lighter in colour. In a year or two they become unnoticeable.

Port-wine marks are bluish, purplish patches. These do not fade and there is no satisfactory treatment for them either. They only cause problems if they are on an exposed Dart of the body, particularly the face.


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