Many infants are born with some kind of birthmark or mole somewhere on their bodies. They may appear as a light pinkish spot on the face, neck, or torso, or they may be a coffee-colored mark. Occasionally, a child is born with a deeper red wine-stain birthmark. Unfortunately, many of these wine-stain marks are found on the face or head where sometimes they don’t look very nice.
Some birthmarks are pretty difficult to get rid of, but actually, most of them don’t need to be gotten rid of because they aren’t disfiguring. Birthmarks don’t cause any pain and the ones on covered parts of the body can’t even be seen unless one is undressed.
Many light-colored pink birthmarks II fade out and disappear by themselves before the child is a few months old. Ugly-looking, darker-colored birthmarks on the face can often be removed by a surgeon when the child has grow’ up a bit and is better able to undergo an operation.
A great many boys and girls will develop a mole or two by the time they reach five or six years of age. Moles are round in shape and are raised slightly from the surface of the skin. Some are light tan while others are. a deeper- brown or even a bluish-black color. Moles can be as small as a pinhead or may be extremely large, occasionally reaching the size of a lemon or orange. Children with many moles usually have a mother or father, or both, who also have a lot of moles on their bodies.
Moles that aren’t ugly or disfiguring can be left alone unless they begin to grow rapidly or change from a lighter to a darker color, or bleed because they are rubbed against by clothing. It is also a good idea to remove moles that are on the toes or feet or fingers or hands, because they often get irritated. To have a mole removed, a child usually goes to the hospital for a day. Most moles can be removed very easily, either with a little injection to relieve the pain or by getting an anesthetic so as to go to sleep during the operation. Operations to remove moles are not painful and children don’t mind the experience very much at all. If a mole happens to be especially ugly, the scar following its removal will look much better than the mole looked before it was removed.
Warts are caused by a virus infection and can appear anywhere on the body. Even though warts are caused by a virus they are not contagious.
Almost every child sooner or later will have a wart. Warts are caused by a virus infection. There used to be a story that warts came from playing with frogs or toads, but we now know that this just isn’t true. Warts are round and hard and raised above the surface of the skin. The top of a wart feels rough and horny.
Warts can appear anywhere on the body, but favorite places are on the hands and feet. It is not known why some youngsters have lots of warts and others have practically none. Doctors think that certain children just naturally seem better able than others to protect themselves against the viruses that cause warts.
Often, warts will last for a few weeks or months, and then, with nothing done about them, they disappear. Other times, warts do not go away, or they may grow larger and the child may develop more of them in the same or a different part of the body. And, sometimes, a doctor will remove just one wart, and all the rest of them will disappear all by themselves.