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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Snoekie | 2005/11/29

Q.

strawberry birth mark

my baby has a strawberry birthmark on his arm (looks like a strawberry - red dots )- about the size of a 5 cent coin (he was born with it). His pediatrition said it is harmless and will go away in 2-3 years time. When I took him for his 10 week injection the nurse told me that it could cause cancer later on - I must watch that is does not get bigger and never expose it to the sun. I am confused now - should I worry or not - she said they can remove it surgically or with lazer.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The nurse really gave you incorrect and bad advice. Your paediatrician is right.This mark will disappear with time. Please do not worry and don't let anyone talk you into trying to remove the strawberry mark.

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Posted by: Lucy | 2005/12/07

My son also had that from birth, they also told me that it will shrink and disappear. He is 14 years now and still has it just 3 times bigger but not as dense

Reply to Lucy
Posted by: Purple | 2005/11/30

I've had nurses tell me some really stupid things, so I tend to always rather listen to the doctor, unless I know a particular nurse knows what she is talking about.

Why not phone the doctor to verify the information the nurse has given you, or if you are still worried, go to another doctor for a second opinion.

I have a friend who's daughter has a strawberry birthmark, on her arm as well, and she was also told that it would go away. She puts sunscreen on it like she does with the rest of her daughters body.

Also, as far as I'm aware, the strawberry marks grow up to a point and then start shrinking - so its definitely going to change size.

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