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Stork Mark

Worrybomb has a small “stork mark”, some people call them angels kisses (I would imagine those who call it this, are American!).  It darkens slightly when she cries or is stressed or in this case has a nice bath.

Worrybomb and her own Stork Mark
Worrybomb and her own Stork Mark

Colloquially the Telangiectatic Nevus or Naevus Simplex are also called “Stork Bites” or “Salmon Patches”.

These are the most common type of vascular birthmark – about half of all babies are born with a stork mark. These are flat red marks usually found on the forehead, the eyelids, bridge of the nose, upper lip or nape of the neck.  The skin is not thickened and feels no different than anywhere else on the body, the only real difference being the appearance.  The majority of stork marks fade away completely by 12 to 18 months, although some on the neck may last longer.   I have read that a little olive oil helps to speed this up.

A couple of three links about Stork Marks

( March 2010 – updated here.)


  1. Vicki

    Hi, just curious… if you know. My daughter is now 25 months and still has her stalk marks on her forehead, left eye and the back of her head. They’re all still quite clear and noticable… they’ve only slightly faded since birth. Is there something I can do to help them fade all together? Hope you can help. Vicki

  2. Worrybomb is now two and a half, when she is upset her stork mark is just visible still. Her cousin who is nearly 5 is very similar in this.

    I have heard that rubbing olive oil ( not sure of the quality virgin or extra virgin etc ) 2 or 3 times a day helps. It might be worth asking a chemist/ pharmacy if Bio-Oil is okay for children’s skin as this two is supposed to lessen scars and improve skin. But well worth checking labels, asking at a pharmacy etc before applying anything. Let us know how it goes.
    Worrybomb Dad

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