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On your marks: In­fan­tile he­man­giomas are tiny red “birth­marks” that will dis­ap­pear with time.

A prom­i­nent straw­berry birth­mark can at­tract un­wanted at­ten­tion, but there are sev­eral ways to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion. says

Dr. Shudeshna Nag, a pe­di­a­tri­cian spe­cial­iz­ing in pe­di­atric der­ma­tol­ogy.

Deal with ques­tions from oth­ers di­rectly, and us­ing ap­pro­pri­ate ter­mi­nol­ogy.

For ex­am­ple, “It’s a he­man­gioma, a type of birth­mark that is go­ing to fade away over time.” As your child gets older, teach them to ad­dress ques­tions from cu­ri­ous chil­dren in the same man­ner. Re­mem­ber, a he­man­gioma may be more both­er­some to you than to your child.

Have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. Your child’s own at­ti­tude to­wards it will gen­er­ally re­flect yours so avoid con­tin­u­ally draw­ing at­ten­tion to it or im­ply­ing that you can’t wait for it to dis­ap­pear. Em­pha­size to your child that it is a nat­u­ral and harm­less spot on the skin, and that ev­ery­one has dif­fer­ences about them that make them unique.

Talk to your doc­tor if you’re con­cerned. While most he­man­giomas are harm­less, some (about 12 per­cent) are prob­lem­atic in terms of lo­ca­tion or skin break­down, or may sim­ply have a very both­er­some ap­pear­ance to you or your child. Ask your doc­tor if treat­ment is a pos­si­bil­ity. Top­i­cal and oral treat­ments are avail­able to speed up the dis­ap­pear­ance of a he­man­gioma, and may be pre­scribed by your child’s pe­di­a­tri­cian or a der­ma­tol­o­gist. Re­mem­ber that some treat­ment op­tions have side ef­fects and may not be ad­vised in your child’s sit­u­a­tion.

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