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Child with white patches on face. Are these pigmentation? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 01-Mar-2013
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Doctor:Good afternoon
Doctor:Please proceed with your query
User:Good afternoon
User:i have a 3 month old baby girl
User:She has developed white patches on her face
Doctor:I am sorry to hear this
Doctor:May I know the duration of these patches?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:Initially she had ring worm like patch in red but that has changed to white now,She is fair but these patches are more white
User:Since 1 month
Doctor:New born babies tend to have these skin pigmentation which are normal
Doctor:Is she having any other symptoms like fever, loose stools?
User:There is also a small 2 inch long oval shaped patch just next to her ear,,this is whiter that her skin color.
Doctor:They are all most probably benign nevus
User:She has loose tool and mild fever,i think this is because yesterday we had given her vaccination
Doctor:They tend to disappear by 6 months
User:what is nevus
Doctor:They are benign skin pigmentation of no significance
User:should we see a skin doctor
Doctor:They will resolve spontaneously
Doctor:by the end of 6 months or definitely by 1 year of age
Doctor:You may show her to your pediatrician on a routine visit
Doctor:This does not require any specific treatment
User:Is there any pediatrician with whom we can chat
Doctor:If it does not subside by 6 months, you may show it to a Dermatologist
Doctor:I am sorry, Pediatricians are not available on chat, Is it possible to send picture of this skin patches?
User:ya do i send it
Doctor:You can send it to YYYY@YYYY with subject as attention to Dr. Shanthi
Doctor:When can you send it?
User:Sure..i will send that we can chat depending on ur prognosis
User:in 10 mins
User:sending in a min
Doctor:Do you want me to wait for the mail and continue the chat?
User:yes.i m sending in a min
Doctor:Sure, I will wait for it
User:Please check have emailed you
Doctor:Thank you, Please wait for a minute
Doctor:I have received the picture
Doctor:It seems like a very mild nevus
Doctor:Again, please do not worry
User:I am also sending another case this is not clear
Doctor:It will resolve on its own by 6 months of age
Doctor:Let the mother continue to breast feed the baby
User:Did you manage to see the white patch
User:She gives top feed
Doctor:Yes, I could see it very well indeed
Doctor:It is advised to give only breast milk in the first 4 months
Doctor:All the nutrients are present in breast milk
Doctor:So, it would take care of any vitamin deficiencies too
User:Yeah but baby does not take it and now my wife does have milk also
Doctor:Try to feed her breast milk only if psossible
User:So you advise to wait for 6 mnths
Doctor:I am having a look at the other picture
Doctor:Please wait for a few moments
Doctor:Yes, I have seen it
Doctor:Thank you
Doctor:Yes, she will be fine by 6 months of age
User:Thanks ..
User:Thanks for the advise
Doctor:By the way,
Doctor:Your baby is very very cute
Doctor:Please do not worry
User:Thank you
Doctor:No treatment is required for this
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