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Old 11-05-2007, 02:01 PM
jl531 jl531 is offline
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First off, thank you all for all the valuable information your site has to offer!

My son is 8 months old, and a week ago noticed a large red mark across his right ankle. It pretty much appeared overnight. At first, I thought maybe a sock had been too tight on his fat little ankles, but it has not gone away. And, it is only on the top and sides of his ankle, it does not go all the way around it. It does not seem to bother him - and almost looks like some sort of burn. It tends to blanch when I press on it, and then the red/purple color returns.

My question - do you think it could be a birthmark surfacing NOW (remember, he's 8 months old!). My daughter (who is now 6) had small birthmarks (I'm new to all this, so not sure what type they were) on her upper eye lid and eyebrow, and also on her forehead. They have gone away. My baby also has a small spot near his eyebrow, but it is very light, and hardly noticable.

We have not seen a doctor, as I'm not sure there is a need (please tell me if you think differently). It seems petty to take him in for a "unknown mark" on his ankle.

Thank you in advance for your help! It just bothers me that I have not a clue as to what this is!!!

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Old 11-06-2007, 05:57 AM
rachael shields rachael shields is offline
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Hi Jil,

If you could post a photo for people to look at that will help - good luck..
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:28 AM
missy missy is offline
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and almost looks like some sort of burn. It tends to blanch when I press on it, and then the red/purple color returns.
It may be some type of AVM. At 8 months, he must have a "well baby" checkup coming soon. I might bring it up at that appointment, if it is still there.

Take a photo of it. IF IT CHANGES, take another photo LOL Try to document any changes for your physician to see.

Let us know how it turns out!

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Old 11-06-2007, 04:16 PM
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It never hurts to have it evaluated. Keep records of changes and if you see growth have it evaluated by a pediatric derm. and or vb specialist.

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