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Light Brown Spot Appearing On Childs Face
I had a brown flat spot just appear on the head of the penis a couple months ago and now a couple more popped up on the foreskin (im uncircumsised)?
A couple things: These can be a type of mole called melanotic macules or early skin growths of seborrheic keratoses. These are completely benign & tend to happen more in some people versus others. There is a small possibility that these could be early flat warts. Seborrheic keratoses & warts would become more raised over time. I would recommend an evaluation by a dermatologist to make sure they aren't warts. ...Read more
No: I don't believe this would be the reason for premature closure. ...Read more
May be infection: It may be pelvic infection, you should have it checked before it gets worse. ...Read more
I have an area on the top of my head (where a baby's soft spot is) that is indented and it hurts very badly when I touch it. Is this serious?
Indentation: At your age you should not have a soft spot in your skull. I would see your doctor and possible a skull film to examine the thickness of your bone in your skull. It is possible you have an infection in your scalp but typically that would cause the skin to swell or stick out and bulge, not indent in. ...Read more
Normal or not?: Studies in the late 80's documented 2-4% of normal infants retain a detectable soft spot at 24mo. Persistence of this feature is common to medical conditions like hypothyroidism & a variety of named syndromes. If your child is growing & developing well, I see no need to worry over this issue. If there are developmental or other health issues, bring this to the attention of your doctor. ...Read more
I have a brown age spot on my face which has recently started to itch. Is this something that I should be worried about?
Brown spot: If itchy, yes you should get it checked out. ...Read more
Good day Dr. I have a 22days old baby boy with a pink spot at the back of his head neck, so I would like to know what must I do to remove it,?
Nothing: Without seeing the spot in person it's difficult to provide a certain diagnosis. Many babies are born with "stork bites" -red/salmon colored areas - on the back of their necks/heads. It is a birthmark and nothing to worry about and will fade over time on it's own. If you are still concerned please have a pediatrician evaluate it before subjecting your baby to unnecessary and potentially harmful tx ...Read more
Why would a 5 year old still have a soft spot on his head my sons 5 years old and he still has his sof spot on top of his head like a baby dose
See your doctor.: The soft spot (fontanelle) should close between 1 and 2 years of age. There are various medical conditions that can cause it to remain open longer. I encourage you to see your child's doctor as soon as possible to evaluate this issue. Good luck! ...Read more
Will a flat spot on a child's head, older than 2 years old, continue to minimize over time as their head grows? We were told our sons head would round
The practice of: Putting babies to sleep on their backs has contributed to more "flat heads." Some have treated this with a helmut, usually at 4-12 months of age, though it is not clear this is more effective than trying to avoid lying on back during the day. As the child and his skull grows, the flattening will improve. It may not be perfectly symmetrical, but is not a cosmetic/social/brain development problem ...Read more
Why on the rigth side of my 4 month old grandson head is flat we turn hem all the time it look like a baby that lay n 1 spot all the time but not hem?
See your Peds doc!: There are some congenital abnormalities that are related to premature closure of the cranial sutures (craniosynostosis). In layman terms- areas of the head that can close early resulting in skull deformities. Some need to be fixed by surgery. There are some that are clearly positional- with modifying sleep habits or using a helmet- these deformities can be solved. Some are completely normal. ...Read more
Brown spot: Egsplants extract. Is frequently used. Please check with you dr the type of spot, determine and be safe. ...Read more
Depends: This issue has emerged since the 90's when we shifted to back sleeping to avoid SIDS. Many self correct when they begin to sit upright & get out of the position that prolongs it. Some who sleep leaning to one or other side develop a neck muscle issue and need stretching exercises. Rare kids might benefit from a helmet. These treatments are all dependent on a good evaluation done with your doc. ...Read more
Yes: The soft spot, or anterior fontanelle, remains open until about age 2 years. This allows the brain to grow freely without waiting for the skull bones to keep up. At 18 months the fontanelle may still be present, may be small, or it may seem closed. As long as the baby's head circumference is growing in the normal range, the fontanelle is fine. ...Read more
I put toothpaste in my face last night and woke up with a big red brownish spot. What can I do for this?
Stop.: Toothpaste is not intended for facial application. Wash your face with a mild facial soap; if it fails to resolve after a few days, see your dermatologist. ...Read more
Small brown spot on face. See the dermatologist regularly. If the dr left it alone I assume it's ok. Been there at least 2 y?
Safe assumption: If it has been unchanged for 2 years and your doctor has been watching it and is not concerned about it I would think it is OK. Nothing to worry about it. ...Read more
Could my child have craniosynostosis if her head shape is normal but in the 10th percentile for circumference and a tiny soft spot?
Craniosynostosis: If the head shape is normal then it is unlikely craniosynostosis - if the development is normal then the small soft spot is likely not an issue. ...Read more
Baby has flat spot right back side and in front left side. Will her head shape be fine later or will it be same. Worried. Birth time she was fine.?
"back to sleep": When it was established that putting an infant tummy side down increased the risk of SIDS, parents were told to put infants on their backs to sleep. Since an infant's skull is very malleable, it can cause flattening of the back of the skull. Give your baby plenty of tummy time while awake. As her brain grows and her sleep position varies, this flattening may get less apparent with time. ...Read more
My baby is one and half and she had a water spot on her face and Strachey her face now it scabbed over but doesn't heal just weeps, she has few more?
Water spot?: What do you mean by water spot? Burn? ...Read more
I was born w/ no soft spot and as a result had big forhead when l was a baby and know asan adult I have no head deformaties. Do I have craniocynostosi?
Craniosynostosis: You made your own diagnosis, but its a shame that it might have not been discovered in infancy... At this point you cannot do anything to change that. The skull is formed and that's all the room you get for your brain! However, if you have neurological symptoms like seizures, learning problems (developmental delay) you probably should consult a neurologist and properly review your medical history. ...Read more
Bleaching/laser/peel: Unfortunately it is not that easy getting rid of freckles, a genetic trait that is intensified by sun exposure. Otc bleaching cream such lustra (hydroquinone) may help. Chemical peels/laser treatments are more effective but often costly. You must minimize sun exposure otherwise it will re-darken. Of course, covering make-up provides instant improvement! Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
I have a brown spot on the shaft of my penis and I'm wondering what it is. Its right next to the head and flat?
9+m old baby boy. Tiny red spot in face. Its therebfor almost a month now and does not go away. Just in one spot only. What could be the reasons?
Spots: It is hard to diagnose spots withit seeing them. It could be broken blood vessels under the skin it could be anything else. Seeing your doctor might help ...Read more
Light brown flat spot on right side of head near hairline not perfectly round but kinda symetrical about the size of a pencil eraserwhat could it be?
Nevus?: Sounds llike a brown nevus, or what people call a "birthmark". It sounds like it is flat, small and does not have discoloration or different colors or dark colors in it. These are all good characteristics and you should not worry about this lesion too much. However if it grows over time, if color changes, if it becomes raised, then consult physician. ...Read more
No: There is sometimes a squishy area on a baby's scalp following birth which is due to a small blood collection under the covering of the bone (called the periosteum). This will calcify and become part of the skull. It does not lead to learning disabilities. ...Read more
Ringworm: Topical application of Clotrimazole (lotrimin af sold in foot care section of most grocery stores) 2-3x's per day till the lesion is totally resolved works very well. Lamisil (terbinafine) works well also. Lesions usually clear slowly over a week or two if well established. Hair/nail involvement willl not respond to topical therapy. ...Read more
Yes: A newborn's soft spot can often show slight pulsation. It is nothing to worry about. As long as your baby is otherwise well you can ignore this. ...Read more
I have patch like discolouration on the shaft of my penis and also noticed a brown spot on the head of my it and small very small red dots under it?
Normal: As long as it isn't tender it is likely normal. ...Read more
My baby kicked up off my thighs hitting the top of her head over her soft spot into my chin. Could this hurt her? She didn't cry and is acting fine.
I recently noticed a brown spot/line on the head of my penis and another on the side. It's flat and painless. Is this normal? Ps;never had sex
Possible mole: Although possibly a mole which can develop anywhere and anytime. If new, even without pain, should be looked at by physician. Verbal descriptions are not as likely to allow accurate diagnosis compared to direct visualization ...Read more
My 5 week old baby has developed a cafe au lait spot on his face. Is there anything that can be done to remove it? If so, how old does he need to be?
Doubt it: You can consult with a dermatologist on the emerging treatments for skin lesions but I doubt you will find a good one. They can remove blood vessel marks deep in the skin with lasers that leave the surface alone, but café au lait spots are superficial & pigment related. Keep track of the size & number of these as they emerge & share this with his doc. ...Read more