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Salmon Patches, Stork Bites, and Angel Kisses

About 70 percent of Caucasian newborns have a small patch of pinkish skin with an irregular border that turns white when pressed gently. These marks, known as salmon patches, usually show up on the back of the neck (where they may be called stork bites) or on the forehead or eyelids (angel kisses). Stork bites may persist into adulthood, but angel kisses are usually gone by around 18 months, says pediatric otolaryngologist Lisa Buckmiller, M.D., a vascular birthmark specialist at Arkansas Children's Hospital, in Little Rock.

These birthmarks are completely harmless.

Leave them alone. If they are still visible when your child is in grade school, laser treatments can lessen the coloration.

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