Parents may want to keep an eye on baby's birthmark


What starts as a cute little red blemish on a newborn infant can grow to the size of a golf ball or bigger in just weeks if it's a vascular birthmark.

In a new video podcast, Ananth Murthy, MD, director of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Akron Children's Hospital, discusses the different types of vascular birthmarks, as well as the appropriate times and tools to diagnose and treat them.

"I would say about 90 percent of birthmarks can be determined by a visit to the doctor’s office," said Dr. Murthy. "But sometimes it can be confusing and other diagnostics, such as ultrasound and MRI, are required to diagnose."

To view the video, go to and type in the key word "birthmarks."

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