Childhood moles are common and usually benign. They can be an alarming surprise for parents to find on their child’s skin, but they are usually smooth and round, and of no medical concern. Despite their benign nature, parents still want to know what these moles are and what to do with them. Here, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about childhood moles, including pictures, what they mean, and how to treat them.
What are moles?
Moles are raised areas of skin that are covered in a keratin-like substance. These areas are covered in skin cells that can change over time to look like different moles. Moles are usually oval in shape, and one side of the mole is always a different color than the other. Moles are almost always visible in childhood, before the age of 10. They tend to become smaller with age, and more of them are found on the chest, neck, face, hands, and face and back of the knees. Although they can form anywhere, the majority of moles are found on the hands and face. What should I look for? Parents often find an area of skin that doesn’t look like skin. Their child was probably poking around a mole or two when they weren’t looking, so take a closer look.
A quick guide to childhood moles
Moles usually appear between the ages of 1 and 2, after the skin is fully developed. They’re round, soft, and oval-shaped. Moles are most commonly found on the elbows, knees, buttocks, scalp, back, and scalp, as these are the areas where the skin is the thinnest. Early moles are harmless, while later moles are most commonly associated with skin cancers. In this article, we’re looking at what they are and how to treat them. Moles can usually be removed. caption Moles can be removed. source Sarah Schmalbruch/INSIDER Moles don’t have any internal structures that could become infected, and they’re not usually cancerous, so they’re typically left alone. If a mole appears to be changing shape or growth, a doctor may suggest checking it.
What do moles mean?
Moles don’t always indicate skin cancer, but they can if they are large, thick, colorful, or have a different color. Scars and healing wounds can also be indicators of skin cancer. Risk factors for skin cancer include family history and childhood sunburns. How do you know if a mole is a sign of skin cancer? Moles are not always malignant. There are typically no signs or symptoms that indicate a suspicious mole. Cancerous moles, however, do have a distinct appearance. They can be a solid, raised, or even hard and bumpy surface that can be firm, leathery, or lighter in color. Many times, the appearance of a mole is the only warning sign you have that you need to seek medical treatment.
What to do with moles
If a parent finds a mole on their child’s skin, it’s normal to feel concerned about it. However, unless you’ve noticed any other changes in your child’s appearance or behavior, you should not use it as a reason to question your child’s health. Moles should be looked at by a doctor only if you or your child has a serious medical problem or a history of skin disease in your family. However, if you’re worried that the mole is a precancerous or cancerous, it’s important to speak to a doctor about it. Asking your doctor about moles can also give you an opportunity to ask questions about any changes that you have noticed in your child. What are childhood moles? A child’s skin with moles on their face.