Stalk bite/salmon patch/angel kiss

Clinical name

Nevus flammeus neonatorum

Common names

These are the most common type of birthmark and can often be referred to as salmon patch, angel's kiss or stork bite.

What do they look like?

They are pinkish birthmarks that appear on your child’s forehead, eyelids or nape of neck. They become more obvious when the child is crying or warm. It may fade when you apply a small amount of pressure.

Will they dissapear?

The birthmarks which are found on the forehead and eyelids usually fade significantly by the time your child is 2 years old.

The ones found on the nape of the neck and back of the head tend to be more stubborn, but will go unnoticed as they get covered by hair.

Do they need treatment?

Nevus flammeus birthmarks do not normally require any treatment. Most of them disappear within two years of birth, and if they don’t they can be treated with laser treatment.

This site does not provide medical advice and is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and if you see a birthmark growing or changing significantly, see a specialist.