Birthmarks are very common in newborn babies. They appear where skin cells or blood vessels don’t develop as they should. There are many different types of birthmarks and they all vary in size and colour and where they appear on your child’s body. Some birthmarks are harmless and shrink over time however, port wine stains and strawberry marks may need treatment. This is usually if the birthmark causes problems or if it affects your child’s appearance. Strawberry marks. Most strawberry marks don’t need treatment. Treatment to shrink the birthmark is used for large, quick growing marks that might affect your child’s breathing, feeding or vision, or his or her ability to pass urine or faeces. Laser treatment and some medicines can be used to treat strawberry marks. These include steroids that work to reduce inflammation and a medicine called propanolol. Port wine stains. Treatment for port wine stains can help the mark to fade, but may not be able to remove it completely.
The main treatment is using a laser. This is performed over a number of sessions for a period of up to eight weeks. The younger your child is when he or she starts treatment the better the results. If your child’s port wine stain is small then he or she can also use cosmetic camouflage cream. This covers the birthmark rather than treating it.