27/03/2015 11:20 GMT | Updated 27/05/2015 10:12 BST

Baby Born With Number '12' Birthmark On Forehead


Meet the baby who was born with a perfect number '12' birthmark in the middle of his forehead.

Hanru van Niekerk arrived on November 11 but his birthmark wasn't noticed until a day later by a relative.

His great-grandmother Catherine Jooste, 70, said: "My youngest daughter was the first one to see it and she said there is a 1 and a 2 on his forehead. We did not worry about it, his doctor said it will fade as he gets older."

Dermatologist Patrice Hyde told the local newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa, that babies can develop birthmarks before or shortly after birth.

She said: "Hemangiomas are a bunch of tiny blood vessels that grow in a specific area on the skin - that's why they usually look red or purple.

"Blood vessels are tiny tubes that carry blood through the body.

"No one knows what causes blood vessels to group together, but it's good to know that most birthmarks aren't a sign of any kind of illness and usually don't hurt at all."

She added that most birthmarks usually fade or disappear completely, but there are a few tricks and remedies to remove them if they were troubling or unsightly.

She said Corticosteroids are one of the most common ways used to get rid of birthmarks. They can be injected directly into the birthmark or taken orally.

The medication usually slows down the growth of birthmarks and can make them shrink.

Other ways include laser therapy and surgical removal if they fail to fade with time.