DS1 has a small birthmark on his right forearm. The last few weeks he has been screaming about it up to 6 times a day. He is really screaming and crying his eyes out about it. Not sure what it has stemmed from as we haven't mentioned it.
I have tried showing him mine as I have a small one on my arm too, tried put 'magic cream' (sudocrem) and this calms him down a little bit.
He was trying to scratch it of with his fork yesterday and we are a bit worried now.
Can anyone suggest a way of getting him to see that it isn't a bad thing? We think he thinks it is a bruise.
I have a Dd of similar age and she gets ballistic if she has something "dirty" on her(pen mark, bit of paint, food...) and she wants it to be washed of immediatly. Is it possible that your son think it is a stain of some sort? Maybe you could explain to him it is part of him and makes him unique?
DD has got a little birth mark on the side of her nose. She has not yet payed to much attention to it but will come the time she will no doubt ask what it is and why she cannot take it off. I am not really looking foreward to it as it is on her face and not many ways I can think off to "cover it" so she will have to come to term with the fact that is part of who she is.
Sorry, I forgot a bit. Make sure he knows it is not something dirty on him. You can also tell him that a lot of people have them but not two of them are exactly the same so his one is really unique to him.
Do not worry too much, DD's three eldest siblings also went through a "superclean" phase but now like nothing more than mucking about outside. The state of them and there clothes... you would never imagine that they once cried because they had a spec of dirt on their hands!
DD (6.8) has a birthmark on her leg about the size of a 10p. We have always called it her 'special mark' and told her that when she was waiting to be born the fairies went along the line of babies and every now and then would touch one and say 'this one is special'. Where they touched is where her birthmark is. She knows a lot more about how babies are made, where they come from etc but still likes the story
Not sure if that helps as we have never had a mad cleaning phase and its on her leg so not always in sight.
I remember hating my freckles as a child. Whenever I moaned about them my Mum would just tell that they are fairy kisses and I was extra special so the fairies kissed me lots. I now tell DD this, as she has quite a few moles/dark freckles.