Friday, February 19, 2010

Clearing Up Baby Birthmarks

"It's most effective to start treatment early, before the hemangioma has fully grown," says study author Ilona Frienden, M.D..

Babies who have birthmarks (known as hemangionas or strawberry marks) that seems to be growing, need referral to a specialist, according to a study in Pediatrics. The researchers found that the average age for a baby's first visit is 5 months even though strawberry marks can grow much larger by 3 months.

"Most hemagiomas go away on their own, but some babies need treatment, including steroid infections and even surgery," Frieden added.

That is why, if your baby has a raised pink or reddish spot on his skin that seems to be growing, better talk to your pediatrician about whether he should see a pediatric dermatologist.

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