Angel Kiss Birthmarks in Toddlers

by Maggie McCormick

    When your baby was a newborn, the thought that the birthmarks around her eyes were caused by an "angel's kiss" might have been comforting, but as she enters toddlerhood, it's normal to feel more concern. The marks do typically fade, but if your child's marks remain present, you might worry that other children will start to notice and make fun of her. There's probably nothing to worry about, but you can take her to a doctor for treatment.

    Professional Treatment

    A dermatologist can remove angel kiss birthmarks with a laser. The process can take several visits depending on how dark the birthmark is. Angel kisses are a macular stain type of birthmark and present no significant health risk to your child, so removal is a cosmetic procedure. In most cases, insurance will not cover the cost of laser removal.

    On the Eyes and Nose

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, angel kisses around the eyes will fade, in most cases, by 1 year of age and kisses on the nose might take a few more years to fade completely. You might want to simply wait a few more years to see whether the marks go away on their own.

    On the Forehead

    Some angel kisses start at the nose and run up to the hairline. These types of birthmark are more likely to persist into adulthood, according to the AAP. If your child is already a toddler and you haven't seen significant fading, you may want to consider laser treatment because it's easier to remove the birthmark when your child is still young.

    Helping Your Child Cope

    Children generally take their cues on how to respond from adults around them. If you worry and make a fuss over the birthmark, your child can start to feel embarrassed by them. If you treat it as though it's no big deal, he'll also think it's nothing to worry about. It's smart to prepare him for questions or comments by talking about it and pointing out marks on your own body. That way, when curious children ask about it, he can simply say, "It's a birthmark," or "I was kissed by an angel."

    About the Author

    Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.

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