Birthmarks often appear on the skin of a newborn baby or some days after birth. These are spots or marks that appear on the skin. In most new born babies birthmarks are common. The parts of the body that are usually affected include the face, neck, forehead, upper eyelids, between eyebrows, and at the back. Strawberry birthmark is one of the most common marks that appear on the surface of the skin after birth hence this is article highlights some useful points concerning it.
What is strawberry birthmark?
Strawberry birthmarks also known as nevus vascularis, strawberry mark, hemangioma simplex or capillary hemangioma, often appear on the surface of the skin of an infant a few weeks after birth and may disappear when the child is 9 or 10 years. This mark appears as at patch of red lump on the skin and may develop as lesion.
The exact cause of this condition is not really known and contrary to some myth it is not cause by anything the mother did during pregnancy. Also, there has not been any proven research linking the cause of this condition with food or medications.
Treating strawberry birthmark
Most strawberry hemangioma disappears on their own as the baby grows up. If your baby is having this kind of skin condition, it should not be bother to you since it will disappear with time. However, the birthmark may need to be removed if it develops in any part of the skin that will affect the child’s health. For instance, if the mark develops near the eyelids there could be need to get rid of it so it won’t affect the sight of the child. Also, some vascular birthmarks could be ulcerated and result to infection so they is need to remove it.
Usually, the best treatment for birthmarks is with the use of laser. The child I administered with a general anesthesia so that he or she will not be awake. The laser beam is applied to destroy the blood capillaries to cut off blood supply to the lump. In addition, prescription of steroid medication could be made by the doctor in addition to the laser treatment. This still depends on the nature of the condition.
Finally, if you have need to worry about strawberry marks on your child or on anyone you know, you may not have to anymore because treatments with laser can in the least ensure that that blemish on the skin is gotten rid of with 98% success if not 100%.