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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 health care 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.
  • You have other questions or concerns.
Written by B.D. Schmitt, M.D., author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Published by McKesson Provider Technologies.
Last modified: 2002-01-07
Last reviewed: 2006-03-02
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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