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What kids should know about what to do about birthmarks

Birthmarks are usually harmless

Most birthmarks are harmless. And you can't give a birthmark to another person.

Café-au-lait spot on child's face

Birthmarks almost never hurt you. For most birthmarks you don't have to do anything. Babies who have vascular birthmarks usually need to see a skin doctor (dermatologist) to find out if it needs to be treated. This is important when a birthmark is in a certain spot like near the eye or near the lip. 

A skin doctor also can tell you if there are ways to make a birthmark fade or become lighter. Here are some things the doctor might use or suggest: 

  • Medicine taken by mouth or given in a shot. 

  • Special types of lasers that can make birthmarks lighter or smaller.

  • Surgery might be used to get rid of moles.

  • Special makeup sometimes can hide birthmarks that don't go away on their own.

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