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My 6month old son has several "moles"???

By October 9, 2008 - 1:10pm
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My son has several tiny "mole-like" things on his body. There is no consistency. He has 2 on his left leg, one on his back, one on his tummy and a new tinier one under his right eyebrow. They are hard to see, but I KNOW they are there. His pedi referred him to a dermatologist in 2 weeks but I am going crazy looking up info. Nothing seems to fit. They are small & flesh colored & you can barely see them unless I point them out to you.

BY THE WAY...I am happy to have found such an informative website!

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You probably already known this from your research, that if your son does have moles, they are common and appear after birth:
"Moles are small clusters of pigmented skin cells. Nearly everyone has moles, which usually appear after birth."

The Cleveland Clinic has some great info: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/skin_care/hic_moles_freckle...
"There are several skin lesions that are very common and almost always benign (non-cancerous). These conditions include moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentigines, and seborrheic keratoses."

And, just to rule out the worst-case scenario (none of the below sound like your description):
The ABCDE's of skin cancer:
The following ABCDEs are important signs of moles that could be cancerous. If a mole displays any of the signs listed below, have it checked immediately by a dermatologist:
* A symmetry—One half of the mole does not match the other half.
* B order—The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular.
* C olor—The color of the mole is not the same throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.
* D iameter—The diameter of a mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
* E levation—A mole appears elevated, or raised from the skin.

MedlinePlus "Skin Conditions" list, with photographs (scroll to bottom of page):

Another picture of a skin tag, from MedlinePlus:

Does any of this help? If not, let us know and we'll keep searching for you. You're right--there is not much information specifically for skin conditions in infants. (I looked up the major peer-reviewed, medical journals--Archives of Dermatology and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology--and they are too advanced for my reading/knowledge).

October 9, 2008 - 2:03pm

We're glad you found this site! :-)

It is great that you are going to a pedi dermatologist in a few weeks, and I understand the frustration of wanting to know something now (especially so that you are armed with information when you go to the doctor). My once-baby-boy is now an almost 2-year old toddler, and I know what it's like to try to find information on their conditions!

I found a picture of two different "skin tags", they are flesh-colored and can be "mole-like". Do either of these look or seem like what your little guy has? http://www.medicinenet.com/skin_tag/article.htm

I had skin tags and could barely see them (sounded like your description), however, it was after pregnancy (and fit the common cause of hormone fluctuation).

I'll keep looking for you...wanted to see what you thought about the skin tag possibility first...


October 9, 2008 - 1:32pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

I have looked & looked & looked & can find NOTHING that looks just like what he has. Even the skin tags aren't close. I am anxious to hear what it is because the Internet was somewhere that I just KNEW would have info on something like it. Nope. Anyhow, I will reply back when I find something out!

His is raised just ever so slightly & it is skin clored but it is more like a mole..a small mole. I may take a picture tonight.

October 9, 2008 - 1:42pm
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