Children and Moles
It is totally normal and common for children of all colors to have moles. Even though melanoma is very rare in children, it is still a good idea to examine moles, skin, and teach your children to do so as well. You will get them started on a lifetime good habit.
As your child grows, moles may also grow in size. They may also fade, get darker, get bigger, or get smaller. This is all quite normal, but there are some things to look for and notice on your children that may need the attention of your dermatologist.
Mole changes that need attention include:
- A mole that grows or changes quickly. Or a mole that changes and looks different from other moles on your child’s skin. These are called “ugly duckling” moles. Please take your child for a dermatologist consult if you notice these changes.
- Any mole or mark on your child’s skin that is raised and sometimes has jagged edges. These moles can be pink, red, tan, or brown. Sometimes they bleed. They are usually harmless but can look the same as a melanoma. If your child has a mole like this, please see your dermatologist for a skin check.
- Sometimes moles get hit or nicked and bleed and that is normal. But if your child has a mole that bleeds for no apparent reason that is a reason to get it checked by your dermatologist.
Your child can easily have between ten and 20 moles and develop new ones. If your child has more than 50 moles then consult with Dr. Aboutalebi for annual check ups.
While melanoma and other skin cancers are rare in children, it is always better to be safe and have an odd looking mole checked out at Northstar Dermatology.
Dr. Aboutalebi has been recognized continually as one of Fort Worth’s Top Doctors and has received the Patient’s Choice Award for several years. You can rest assured that your child’s skin is in the right hands. Call today to schedule your skin exam at Northstar Dermatology.