Birthmarks in children are usually harmless. Some are present at birth, while others take a few months to show up. Birthmarks can often shrink or even go away on their own. Sometimes, birthmarks can be related to other health conditions.
There are different types of birthmarks. Pigmented (colored) birthmarks, like moles and café-au-lait spots, are caused by an overgrowth of cells. Vascular birthmarks, like hemangiomas and port-wine stains, are caused by blood vessels that don’t form the way they should. Our doctors see thousands of kids with birthmarks. We can tell if treatment is needed.
Learn more about Birthmarks at the Nemours KidsHealth Library
Nemours cares for babies, children and teens with all types of birthmarks. We develop a treatment plan customized to your child’s condition.
Our pediatric dermatologists may use medicines, laser therapy or minor surgery for some birthmarks. For kids with complex vascular birthmarks or underlying conditions, we work closely with renowned Nemours vascular surgeons and other pediatric specialists. We’ll help you understand your options and make the best choice for your family.
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