Skin moles in children

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Skin moles in children
Keep your childs skin protected at all times. (child at beach image by saied shahinkiya from Fotolia.com)

Having several moles is completely normal. In fact, The National Cancer institute has stated that most people have up to 40 spread out over their body, and some have even more. Parents should be aware of moles on their children and know when to worry, but in most cases, moles are completely harmless.

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Typical Moles

Healthy benign moles are typically smaller than 1/4 inch and pink, tan, brown or the colour of your skin. Most are in the shape of a circle or oval and are symmetrical. Some people are more prone to moles than others- so although most people have 10 to 40, others can have exponentially more.

Atypical Moles

Atypical moles are also referred to as Dysplatic Nevi. Typically, these moles have a different appearance from the typical moles that appear more frequently on your skin. Their colour is likely to be darkers (brown or black) and their shape is less defined.

Prevention

Like many other disorder or illness that may come up for your child, there are several things you can do to keep them healthier, which may prevent atypical mole growth. Make sure kids get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy diet in order to keep their immune system functioning. And never let your child go out in the sun without sunscreen.

Be aware of any moles on your child's body and monitor them for change regularly.

When to Worry

Just because your child has a mole that is considered "atypical" does not mean a doctor will need to remove it. Many times a doctor will take note of moles and monitor them to make sure they're not growing. You should be aware of what a mole looks like to begin with, and watch for signs of change. Changes in shape, colour or size should be discussed with a doctor. Consult a dermatologist if your child's mole becomes uncomfortable like a blemish- bleeding, swelling, itching or functioning as anything other than a painless spot in their skin.

Treatment

Getting a mole removed is a simple and routine procedure. Doctors use local anaesthesia to remove moles and stitch up the area. An additional visit may be required to check up on the area. Never try to remove your child's mole without a doctor- as atypical moles are about more than cosmetic concerns, a doctor must determine what needs to be removed in order to prevent or get rid of any cancerous growths.

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