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Baby having brownish spots on calf. Goes away while sleeping. What could it be?

Hi, My 7 month baby has brown reddish spots on her right calf . She had those spots when born, the doctor suggested it could be birthmarks. It s seems like it s spreading but the strangest thing I noticed is that it goes away when she is lying down for an hour or longer? Any information is greatly appreciated. Janeth,
Asked On : Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Skin spots that reduce in size when the child goes from standing to sleeping position are most likely to be due to abnormally located, enlarged capillaries (small blood vessels under the skin). These could be isolated, or be clustered together in the form of patches (such as the red eyelids of a newborn ... the so-called salmon patches).

You should take her to a doctor to confirm what these spots might be, but there is no urgency to do this. However, do make sure not to scratch these spots, or rub them unduly or try to touch sharp objects to them. Creams and ointments should not be applied without a proper diagnosis, and definitely no steroidal creams or oral medications to be used.

- Dr. Taher
Answered: Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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