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.