When Katie Crenshaw welcomed her second child into the world, her baby had an unusual birth mark on her face. Charlie Kate was perfect, healthy and happy. But because of her capillary hemangioma, it isn’t always the first thing people notice about her.
Typically, people look at Charlie’s face and take note of the unusual mark on her right cheek. The capillary hemangiona is a vascular tumor that can take the appearance of strawberries. According to Katie, there is no cause or prevention for her daughter’s birthmark. It simply occurs, and when untreated, it can grow rapidly.
In some cases, a tumor like this can be an indicator of more serious disorders. Luckily for Charlie Kate though, her mother said it was found to be “cosmetic.” This is exactly why Katie believes that surgery of any kind (such as plastic surgery) is unnecessary.
According to Katie on the Twelve and Six Blog, Charlie’s capillary hemangiona isn’t painful. In fact, her baby doesn’t even know that it’s there. Every case of the tumor is unique, and in Charlie’s case, surgery is not needed, especially when her case is not life-threatening.
Moreover, Katie explained that she and her husband are already using “amazing medications in modern medicine” to treat their daughter’s birthmark. Should Charlie’s health be threatened, however, Katie said, “I will be the first to make sure she is taken care of.”
According to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a capillary hemangioma may appear within the first six months but begin to decrease in size as the baby reaches 12 to 15 months.
Medications and laser treatments are typically the treatments recommended for this condition. For hemangiomas that occur around the eye, however, surgery may also be recommended. As for Charlie, she started taking beta-blocker Propranolol when she was six weeks old. This medication is meant to keep the hemangiomas from growing while initiating its shrinking and fading phase as well.
As they treat Charlie’s birth mark, Katie is urging everyone to “Hold the pity.” For her, there is absolutely nothing wrong with her baby and her unique birthmark. Katie said, “She’s a healthy baby girl and we are blessed. Her hemangioma is just as insignificant to who she is as a freckle on her arm. You don’t need to mention it, and you don’t need to wish it away.”