What are moles?
Moles or nevi are tan, brown, or black spots on the skin. Most adults have 20 to 30 moles. They first appear around 1 year of age, and we are constantly getting new ones. They do not fade and they last throughout our lives. In general, they are harmless.
When should I call my child's healthcare provider?
Call during office hours if:
- You want the mole removed for cosmetic purposes.
- The mole is pitch black AND your child was born with it.
- The mole is growing rapidly in size.
- The mole has bled or become an open sore.
- The mole has changed colors (especially to red or blue).
- The surface has become lumpy.
- There is a family history of melanoma.
- You have other questions or concerns.
Written by B.D. Schmitt, MD, author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2007-03-23
Last reviewed: 2010-06-02
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