To Remove a Birthmark, OR not to remove - FamilyEducation
To Remove a Birthmark, OR not to remove
04/09/2010 at 11:34 AM

Hey all you parents out there. I really need some advice on this one. I have a handsome 2 year old son. He was born with a small strawberry shaped port wine stain on the side of his face near his temple. its not even an inch wide if i had to guess. I know he is really lucky becuase most kids born with port wine stains have them over a larger area, especially on their face. His birthmark does not bother us and we even forget that its there until someone asks about it. Now, we here on the news everyday about bullying in school and how its getting worse and I can't help but wonder if my son's birthmark will cause him to be bullied. I guess its heart breaking to any parent even imagining your child having to endure bullying a school or anywhere. Now, here is the thing, CHKD has a simple laser procedure that will diminish his birthmark almost completely. What would you guys do : A) Remove the birthmark, not for your sake, but for the sake of your child not getting picked on. or B) Leave the birthmark and teach your child how to defend it and be comfortable with it and hope he carries that in school or where ever he goes.

i don't really have an opinion, but there's a third option: you could always wait until he is older and see if it bother him or if he actually does get bullied over it...

good option, im surprised i didnt think of that. :-/

I'd do the procedure. He will have the opportunity to deal with being bullied over something else. If the procedure is safe and affordable for you, do it, before he feels that he is defined by the birthmark. My daughter had a space between her front teeth. When she was in about 6th grade, we had the ligament that caused the space surgically clipped. The next year, Elijah Wood became really famous. My daughter was a little ticked that her teeth no longer looked like Elijah Wood. I'm still glad I had the procedure done.

I would check with a doctor and see it it is a health hazard. If all is ok, then I would wait and have him decide when he is older. I have a friend that has one and it never bothered him or anyone around him!