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What a Newborn Baby Looks Like

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Updated April 09, 2014

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Stork Bites and Angel Kisses
Stork Bite 7 day old baby

Stork bites at the base of baby's neck often fade within a year or two.

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Stork bites and angel kisses are terms for red discoloration of the skin on a newborn. They are also known as nevus simplex or salmon patches. Angel kisses are usually found on the forehead or on the eye lids, while stork bites are typically on the back of the baby's neck.

Some parents are really upset by the appearance of stork bites and angel kisses. These usually fade over time. Though sometimes the area will return to a red color if the person is upset.

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