If your child has a few moles on their body, you might be concerned about melanoma. In most cases, it is normal for children to have moles. In fact, children can have moles on just about any area of their body, including their buttocks. However, you do need to monitor the moles that your child has on their body. That's because there are some moles that need to be examined by a dermatologist. Read the information provided below. If your child experiences any of the issues described here, schedule an appointment for a mole check as soon as possible.
They Have a Mole That Is Dome-Shaped
If you are worried about your child's moles, take a look at the shape. Healthy moles should be round or oval. If your child has a mole that is more dome-shaped, it is important that you schedule a mole check. This is especially important if your child's mole bleeds when it breaks open. Dome-shaped moles may be cancerous.
They Have Changes to Their Moles
If your child has moles on their body, you will need to track them for changes. The best way to do that is to keep a log of changes. Start with initial information regarding the location, size, shape, and color of each mole. Check each mole once a month, and update the notes. If you notice changes in any of the moles, contact your dermatologist. Mole changes should be checked out right away.
They Have Numerous Moles
If you're worried about the number of moles that your child has, you should know that it's normal to have more than one or two moles. In fact, by the time your child reaches adulthood, they may have anywhere from 10 to 40 moles on their body. However, if your child already has that many moles, you should schedule a mole check with your dermatologist.
They Have a Mole That Is Large
If your child has a mole that covers a large area of skin, it is time to schedule a mole check with a dermatologist. Large moles, also called dysplastic nevus, can develop into melanoma. In fact, the risk for melanoma increases if your child has more than one large mole on their body. Luckily, large moles can be surgically removed.
Protect your child's skin and health. If you notice any of the mole issues described above, contact a dermatologist right away.