Does anyone have kids who have strawberry marks? If so, did they leave them alone to take their course?

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My daughter has 2 strawberrys - one is quiet prominent on her forehead. She's 3 at the moment & it is slowly changing, but I'm just wondering if we should do something about it before she heads off to school. She isn't bothered about it - she calls it her beauty spot.We took her to a dermatologist when she was 1, & he said it would have to be taken out under general anaesthetic & there was a risk of scarring.My husband & I are leaning towards just leaving it be, but I still wouldn't mind hearing what some other people who have been in the same situation think

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Alaythea - posted on 06/21/2009

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My cousin had a large one on her cheek, they left it alone and it's slowly gone down. The mark is still there but it's faint and flat now not raised and strawberry red anymore. She's like 12 now.

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Kayla - posted on 08/02/2014

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My daughter had a massive 1 on the side of her neck from birth by the time she started school it was gone completely. My 2 year old had 2 smaller ones at birth now she just has 1 that's also nearly gone

Samantha - posted on 08/01/2014

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One of my nieces has a strawberry on her forehead also and she's 2. It seemed as though it was bigger when she was a baby but it's starting to flatten out. My brother said her pediatrician said over time it will go away on it's own, or at least not be as raised. It's wonderful your daughter embraces it as a beauty mark and it is a unique feature!

Victoria - posted on 08/01/2014

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My dd has one on her chest. It is very big and it sticks out a lot. It don't bother her when we first noticed it it looked like a stork mark but grew and grew and grew. It is starting to shrink now and don't look so angry. My brother had one on the corner of his eye. Now at the age of 35 you'd swear he never had one although he does say he has more crows feet around that eye. If it don't bother your daughter I'd leave it.

Lizherrs1978 - posted on 07/22/2014

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I 'am 35 almost 36 vyt abt way shortly after I graduatedfrom high sscho I did some laser treatment on my brother mark and has really light it up a lot I think as long as she feel comfortable with her birth mark and tell her friends about it should be find but if it becomes a prom able then may be liik into some laser tretment. Liz herrs from ks

Nicole - posted on 04/04/2014

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I have a birth mark in the middle of my forehead, I'm 14. I've had it since I was born and it was so red that my mom gave me bangs by the time I was 4. now it comes when im mad, sad, embarrassed, or nervous. but other than that you cant see it, leave it be(: mine went away by time I was 6.(:

Holly - posted on 03/20/2011

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My daughter had 4 of them. One small one on her belly/side, one bigger one on her arm, one huge one on her leg that started out looking like a bruise then developed into a strawberry and one on her back that was not real big but was very deep. Our dr told us they would continue to grow for the first year then begin to fade and we wouldn't even know they were there, except for maybe some extra skin where the one on her leg was because it was so big. We prayed that they would go down sooner.
My daughter is now 13 months old. A few months ago, I thought she had something red on her belly/side and when I inspected closer it was just her birthmark had gotten so small I didn't recognize it. The one on her arm is still kind of raised but the red color is fading. The one on her leg has improved greatly. Still red and raised in one part but greatly improving. The one on her back got redder for awhile (almost like the birthmark was working it's way to the surface) but it is now looking better as well.

Hope our story is encouraging to someone out there!

Bel - posted on 03/20/2011

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i agree with melissa! our first baby had a stork mark on the back of her neck near the hairline, that has faded now that she's 3 plus her hair covers it anyway :) Our 2nd baby girl has a stork mark over her right eyelid but its not that noticeable unless its a warmer day or she is crying, she also has a strawberry mark on the back of her neck which appeared a couple of weeks after she was born. it started off small and has now grown bigger (she's 3.5mths) and it was bright red (and still is) but the middle of it has been fading recently already and the faded section in the middle is getting bigger so i think it will be paler soon & then start to shrink. The dr said it will just go away on its own.

Karen - posted on 06/22/2009

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my niece has these and she sees a specialist. you need to be careful as one of hers is growing inside her body and is interfering with her organs. You cant tell from the outside that it is doing it

Jacelyn - posted on 06/22/2009

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I have twin boys and one had a strawberry mark over his right eye and the other had one on his tummy, we chose to leave them when they were young (they are now 5) and by the time they were a year and a half they were gone except for a very faint mark that you can only see when you are really looking for it.

Melissa - posted on 06/22/2009

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i think we are confusing stork bites and strawberry birthmarks....stork bites are flat and usually fade but sometimes don't and redden with crying and anger....strawberry birth marks are raised and puffy and sometimes will flatten and fade but can grow very big...my son has both

Laura - posted on 06/22/2009

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My daughter is about 2 weeks shy of being 4 and has quite a few strawberry marks (back, butt, neck). The most prominent one is simular to yours in that it's right on her forehead between her eyebrows. It's kind of in the shape of a duck. It's obvious that it has slightly faded, but not as much as everyone here says it does. Poor thing looks like she has a uni-brow from a distance and I think it will remain there as it's a prominent spot for sunburn distinction and anger coloring. But I know that if/when she does see it as a beauty problem, it is easily disguised by some foundation (I've tested and it works to cover most). I don't think it's embarrassing enough for her to stress about it though.

Sarah - posted on 06/22/2009

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i my daughter has one on her bottom. she is 5 now and it still noticable but is beginning to fade. we left it alone as the docs said there was nothing to worry about. one thing i will say is please make sure you explain to the school what it is and ask docs to write in baby record as me and my partner had social services investigate us cos my daughters pre school thought we were physically abusing her! because i didnt think anything of it i never explained about it and i had to get docs to confirm it 4 social workers. hope this helps x

Amanda - posted on 06/21/2009

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my two year old has one on the back off he neck right where te hairline starts but it has been fading cause i really dont notice it anymore! let i be hunny it will go away one of these days

Melissa - posted on 06/21/2009

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my son has a rather puffy one on his chest it looks like an upside down heart

Zoe - posted on 06/21/2009

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Hi i had two strawberry marks as a child one on my chest the other on my bak,they were bright red when i was younger and have completely faded now although the skin is a little looser on these areas but apart from that no complications x

Megan - posted on 06/21/2009

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my son has one right above his lip, it touches the bottom of his nose downwards.Me and my partner have decided to leave it, and just tell him that he was kissed by an angel when he was brought down from heaven. young children are quite easy going,and if things are explained to them they understand.I have 3 nephews and a niece, and when they first saw tylers mark they were quite shocked, but as soon as we told them what we tell tyler they were begging for one. Children can be quite amazing at times.Harsh to say but i think its adults who are ignorant x

Michelle - posted on 06/21/2009

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My daughter has one on her knee, it's about the size of a very small plum! It has faded alot in the past year and she will only be Two years old. When she was born it was very red and very big. The doctor told me it should fade out by the time she is five. So if your child has one i am sure it will do the same!

Jen - posted on 06/21/2009

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I had a strawberry mark on my nose when I was a baby. It went away before I started school and came back when I was pregnant oddly enough and wet away again when my daughter was born. My daughter also has the same strawberry mark. It's not as visible now, but when she starts screaming you can really see it. My daughter also has what her doctor has called a "birth mark" on her back that started off as a red dot, but is now purple and blue and a little raised that it supposed to go away before she starts school. We were also told that it's not worth getting them removed if it doesn't bother them. It should go away and as long as it's not a problem I'd just leave it be.

Marie - posted on 06/21/2009

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my 1 month old daughter has one on each eyelid, 1 on her nose (it is almost gone) and one in her in her head( it actually stands out a little). we are going to leave them. i think they are kind of cute. my mom calls them angle kisses.

Tania - posted on 06/21/2009

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My son was born with a strawberry right on his forehead.. the doctor said it would go away on its own.. and it eventually did... I would just leave it alone.. He's 4 and a half now and its completely gone. I wouldn't put her through surgery, especially since they dont bother her

Kirsty - posted on 06/21/2009

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i am 24 yrs old and i had one on my left cheek as a baby-by the time i was 2it was gone..its now a scar that u only notice wen im tired.
my mum will know when i need sleep bocz my scar "strawberry mark" stands out...
just gv it time im sure it will fade.
plenty of ppl hv them i no kids can be cruel but unless it bothers her dnt worry about it.

Kelly - posted on 06/21/2009

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my daughter is 12 weeks, she has one on the back of her neck, everything i have read says they go away on their own by age 10 for 9 out of 10 kids

Nichole - posted on 06/20/2009

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I actually have on myself but you can't see it cause it's in my hair but if you pull my hair away you can tell its there. I would say leave it alone, it makes her who she is and she doesnt have a problem with it now then who cares. Maybe one day when she is older she will decided she wants to get it removed herself but by that time you will probably barely be able to see it. Cause the one I have you can barely see, you really have to know what you are looking for to see it.
Good luck.

Abby - posted on 06/20/2009

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my 10.5 month old has one on his shoulder, it's slowly going paler in the middle. and it's getting flatter, but it was quite thick at it's worst.
personally, if u rdaughter isnt bothered by it, and it isnt bleeding, i would leave it. when it goes by itself it is likely to not leave a mark or anything, if the op goes wrong or she gets keyloid scarring then ul b in a worse position.

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Thanks everyone! Sounds like they are fairly common...

Will leave it be for now. I hope this hasn't come across as my husband & I being bothered by it - we aren't, we just want her to be comfortable in who she is.

Thanks again xx

Heather - posted on 06/19/2009

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My oldest daughter (7 years) has a tiny one on her left buttcheek. It literally looks like a little Kool-Aid stain, lol. It's started fading away. Then I have my 6 month old daughter...She has one on the left side of her head, right on her temple. It's red, sure, but we don't really pay that much attention to it. I pretty much just call it her birth mark. Come to think of it, I actually had one myself, on my stomach when I was little. It looked like a sliver of a strawberry. That thing faded away the older I got. It's no longer noticeable. Don't worry...It makes your daughter unique! Love her the same, and if she questions what it is later on, tell her it's her beauty mark, lol.

Sarah - posted on 06/19/2009

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my daughter is 6 months and has one on her forehead it goes darker red when she cries, it has statred to fade but i dnt really notice it, isnt an issue for me it doesn't define who she is.

Dani - posted on 06/19/2009

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hey my daughter doesn't but i did i had a REALLY big one onthe outside of my left knee.... my mom left it be and now it looks like a really light scar... and it shrunk.. hope that helped

Tara - posted on 06/19/2009

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yeah my son has a small one between his eyes and a large one on the back of his head. they have started to fade and i say let them be. she knows she's beautiful which you have obviously instilled in her, so i think you should just keep being a great mom!!

Charlie - posted on 06/19/2009

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my 7 month old son has one on the back of his neck , the nurse called it his stork mark ithink its cute it glows red when he cries and is light when hes happy .

Devon - posted on 06/19/2009

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my one daughter had a strawberry patch on her neck and her doctor told me that it will go away as she starts to get older and it has. i can only see a tiny bit of it but other than that it is completely gone. i would wait and see what happens as you daughter get's older. if it is still completely there than i would go back and see what the doctor says. good luck

Jocelyn - posted on 06/19/2009

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i would leave it for now, if it doesn't go away on it's own, then maybe consider the surgery (when she is much older) but if it fades (but doesn't go away completely) and she is still bothered by it, you can always get certain makeups to cover it up.

Lindsay - posted on 06/19/2009

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My kids never had them but my niece did have one on her back that was rather large. She was 3 in Dec. and it is really starting to go away. I'm pretty sure they haven't done anything to it. When my daughter was about 2, she noticed it and was like "oh no, Kayla has a booboo" and we went swimming just last week and she didn't even notice it...and she notices everything! I wouldn't worry!

Leigha - posted on 06/19/2009

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Was she born with it? My oldest was born with one on the back of her right shoulder. The first time my sister-in-law watched her she freaked out because she thought she hurt her (my fault since it's no big deal I forgot to tell her) My sister had one on her back and my mom said that by the time she was five it was gone. My daughter's is getting lighter, but it's nothing beside a red mark. The actual term is a hematobin (I think, it's something like that) It does goes away. Don't worry.

Carlita - posted on 06/19/2009

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THEY ARE CALLED STRAWBERRY LIKE HEMANGOMAS, I SEE THEM ALL THE TIME IN MY LINE OF WORK, THEY WILL GO AWAY IF THEY DONT POSE A THREAT TO ANY ORGANS OR BODY PARTS.

Danielle - posted on 06/19/2009

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When my now 3 year old son was a month old he developed one on the top of his head, one on his belly, and one on his thigh.... The doctor told me to just let them do their own thing, as long as it grows with them it isnt a big deal.... the one on his belly and thigh are spreading out and the one on his head is no longer red, it is flesh tone, just no hair grows on it..

Marisa - posted on 06/19/2009

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My son is 15 months old and has a mark on the right side of his chest. We tell him that God gave him a kiss (it looks like lips). His mark is starting to go away a little and we aren't going to worry about it. I would wait because the sugery might frighten her.

Arwen - posted on 06/19/2009

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My daughter is a year and a half, and the two she has haven't gone away yet. The one on her forehead is a lot lighter, but the large patches of them right at the hairline on her neck seem as dark as ever. I don't even notice the forehead one anymore, but I'm always surprised by the neck patch whenever I fix her hair. I like them, though. I know they were caused by her birth, and I love remembering her so little, and I love knowing they are still there because she's still little. I agree with Amanda. God gave them to them. They aren't any less perfect to us.

Amanda - posted on 06/19/2009

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My 7 month old son has one on his eye lid and we are going to leave it. God wanted them to have them, it makes them, them. I think it is cool. SHe may have problems as she gets older but if she does not mind it let it be, I think as she gets older aswell that make-up will be able to cover it up.

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