Strawberry Birthmarks Do They Go Away

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Kristin72 - February 5

My new baby has a strawberry birthmark to the left of her nose about the size of half an eraser head. It is bright red and slightly raised. She developed this at about 3 weeks. It started out as a small pinkish spot which I thought was a scratch. It has progressively become darker and like I mentioned a tiny bit raised. There is not a person that meets her that does not make mention of her little birthmark. At times it upsets me because I think how sweet and beautiful she is..but she has this mark :(. It seems to have grown with her. The doctor told me it was called a strawberry hema-something..sorry I can't recall the name exactly. That it is a collection of red blood cells. She told me there is nothing I can do about it.. that it is a benign mark. She said it "may" go away but could possibly be permanent. I wish there was something I could do as to avoid the comments and stares at it, but is almost the first thing people notice. Does anyone have any experience with their babies having these types of birthmarks? Did they go away? Do they fade? Do they get bigger as the baby grows? Can they be removed later on? What about laser? My wish is that it will disappear in time..but that could be wishful thinking. I just don't want her being too self conscious of this later in life. Thankyou in advance for and advice or suggestions.


ry - February 5

my baby had a a couple little red marks on the back of her head and neck when she was born and they got darker but now at ten months they are completely gone. Dont worry! I am sure she is beautiful anyways!


djh - February 5

Hi Kristin, my oldest son had a strawberry hemangioma on his left side. It started out as a pale pink circle the size of a nickle and (hold tight) grew to the size of a 50-cent piece until he was about 4 yrs old. It is a cluster of dilated blood capillaries and surgery is not usually recommended as they fade/shrink with time and any surgery leaves scars. It did get raised and people ALWAYS asked about it. It made me cringe, but I knew not to worry. After about 4-5 yrs it began to fade and now you can't even tell it was there except for two tiny dilated areas. I wish I could say it won't grow, but it may well do so. Since it is on her precious face I know this is more unsettling for you...I hope she was blessed with such a confident and sweet nature that any momentary notice of her strawberry will be immediately dispersed by her personality. Be strong, and read up, these things usually shrink and go away. It seems like hers will be smaller than my son's since it started out smaller. Best wishes, and I bet she is beautiful and unique!


tyler0323 - February 5

a little girl i used to babysit a many many years ago had a large strawberry birthmark on the back of her neck as a baby and quite raised. when i say large i mean, as round as a cookie. As baby got older the birthmark did get smaller. i have not seen her in along time but since it got smaller as she grew, im going to a__sume that there is still something there now (she is early 20's) but im possitive that its not huge. Being your babies is so small now, my guess would be it will shrink the older baby gets. maybe/hopefully when she is older it will just look like a freckle or small zit. Id be thankfull it isnt worse, because those birthmark can come on strong and large, like taking up half the face. gl to you.


kris313 - February 5

My mom is a nurse and this is what she sent me from one of her med sites: Strawberry hemangiomas (strawberry mark, nevus vascularis, capillary hemangioma, hemangioma simplex) may appear anywhere on the body, but are most common on the face, scalp, back, or chest. They consist of small, closely packed blood vessels. They may be absent at birth, and develop at several weeks. They usually grow rapidly, remain a fixed size, and then subside. 95% of strawberry hemangiomas disappear by the time the child is 9 years old, although there may be some slight discoloration or puckering of the skin where a strawberry hemangioma existed.


JenniferB - February 5

My son has one on the back of his arm. It started out little and is now about the size of a dime, he is almost 5 months. It is raised up about a quarter inch. I was told that it would get dark shrink and fade. I know they can be operated on if they are disfiguring. I know a baby that had them all over her face, ears, even on her eyelids so that she couldn't open her eyes. My son's stopped growing when he was about 3 months. Your baby will most likely only have the one. I am sorry it is on her face but it will fade and you won't even know it was there.


olivia - February 5

My dd had 3 strawberry marks. The doctor said to just wait 2 years and they would be gone. He said he'd seen people try lasers and stuff and it still took 2 years and they were gone. My dd is 17 months now and they are just barely there. They started fading fast since her first birthday so I do imagine at age 2 they will be all gone. Her's got bigger for a while, they appeared at about 3 weeks then grew until about age one and then started fading fast ever since. I'd just leave it alone and let time take care of it.


Topaz - February 5

My dd has a strawberry on her back and it is about the size of a pencil eraser. It has gotten a little bit bigger since she was born a year ago, but not much. When the ped first noticed it she said it would get a little bigger then start to go away.


Topaz - February 5

Also, my husband's cousin's son had a large one on his forehead when he was born. It was about two inches in diameter and it completely went away when he was around 4 yrs. old.


hutcho1984 - February 5

hi, i had one as a kid on my side. If i remember correctly it was gone by the time i was about 7 years old. Nic xx


Kristin72 - February 6

Thank you all so much for responding to my thread. I do feel alot better about her little strawberry knowing there is a possibility of it going away at some point. I did read up about strawberry hemangioma's, but am glad to hear of personal stories of your own children etc. My daughter is now 9 weeks and she is just such a beauty regardless of whether or not she had this spot. Thank you all again for your kind responses:)))


shelly - February 6

hi kristin, my son has one on his chest and like you i thought it was a stratch,its red and raised and has got bigger,my doc said it will get bigger by the time hes around 2 it will dissapear,maybe your doc was being cautious by not commenting,sorry not much help.


shelly - February 6

sorry when i said it will get bigger i meant it will grow with him as he grows [if that makes sense]but then it will just dissapear.



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