Y.M. asks from Tipp City, OH on June 04, 2008
My daughter has a strawberry hemangioma on her face. It started out as a small red mark and has now turned large, raised and bumpy. The doctor told us there was nothing to worry about and that these usually disappear by the time children turn one, but I'm concerned because it keeps growing. Has anyone else had a similar experience? All the research I've done online is confusing. Some websites say the same thing as the doctor and others (mainly from parents own personal accounts) tell a completely different story.
A.C. answers from Dayton on July 04, 2008
My first daughter had something similar show up about a week or so after her birth over the soft spot on her head. Worried me to no end because of the placement! I too was told it would probably disappear after about a year. She is now a healthy three year old and while it is still there, it is much smaller.
H. answers from Dayton on June 05, 2008
My 11 year old has an "angel kiss" as we call it right between his eyes. When he was small, it was very noticable. Now that he is older, it has faded to the point that the only time I can really see it is when he is very angry or overly warm.
D.I. answers from South Bend on June 05, 2008
I can't really say a whole lot on this because I don't have the issue with my kids. I would suggest taking her to a dermatologist because there may be something the dermatologist can do. It just seems weird that it continues to grow. My boys have birth marks as well but they are very small(like freckles)and they are still smooth. They haven't grown any on any of my kids either. It may not be anything to worry about and it may disappear but I would get a second opinion anyway.
I am 31 and have been married for almost 12 yrs. My husband and I have 3 boys ages 10,7 and 4.
S.C. answers from Indianapolis on June 05, 2008
My daughter had five of them when she was born. They too changed a little. If I were you I would measure it and keep track of it and if it grows too much I would contact a dermatologist. My daughter is now 8 yrs old. The redness is all gone but you can still see a little of a raised spot where they were.
S.J. answers from Dayton on June 05, 2008
I have identical twin boys and one of them was born with the same thing on his wrist, it started out very small (and was how I could tell them apart!) and eventuall covered most of his wrist underneath. He is almost 3 now and you can barely see it. It would get very red/purple sometimes and be whitish/grey others. He has never had any problems with it at all. Most of the people I have talked to whose kids have had the same thing all said that it shrunk and/or disappeared. My pediatrician told me in the beginning that it could take 3-4 years to really shrink down. He did a very good job of explaining that it would get larger and then smaller again.
M.R. answers from Columbus on June 04, 2008
One of our duaghters had one on her forhead, it started just like you described, and it got big and bumpy in within a few months of her birth. She is 11 now, and it did go away. You can still tell where it was if you know what to look for, but it is no longer red, and no one ever notices. Going to a dermatologist is probably a waste of time, unless it is very close to her eyes or is iratiating in some way. They won't do anything about it because it is not harmful. We got used to seeing it, and hardly noticed it. Strangers often asked "what happend to her" and we sometimes did not even know what they were talking about, it was just her! One of her cousins drew a picture of her, and right on her forhead was the red dot!
Don't worry about it unless something else happens or it does not go away. It probably will be gone before she is two.
Now, when I see someone in the grocery store whose child has one, I always show them my daughter's forhead now, and let them see how well things can turn out, you will soon be doing the same...
C.B. answers from Lafayette on June 05, 2008
my bestfriend who now lives in germany went through this both of her children. the military docs told her it would go away in time & it kept getting bigger & bigger, on both kids it was right between the eyebrows & got so big it covered their eye. she finally got refered off post to a civilian doctor & they did surgery & had it removed about a month later. it made such a huge improvement on their mobilty & eyesight. not tryng to scare you, but i'm a firm beliver in 2nd opinions. good luck & god bless!
R.B. answers from Cincinnati on June 05, 2008
My cousin was born with the same thing. I think it lasted until she was 3 yrs old or so, but she is six now and shows no sign of the mark. Her strawberry mark was very large (qarter to half-dollar size) but is now perfectly smooth and naturally colored. I don't think they put anything on it. Just relax and love her as much as you possibly can. She'll be fine.
B.B. answers from Columbus on June 05, 2008
I noticed a raised "lump" on my 5 yr old's left shoulder blade last fall. Took him to our family physician who immediately sent us to Children's Hospital for a surgeon to examine him. The surgeon at Children's Hospital determined that this was a cavernous hemangioma. In other words, it sat below the surface of the skin. He told us that it had probably been there since birth and that it would go away on it's own. Since that time, we have had several more appointments with the surgeon, but the appointments were to monitor the lump and make sure it was going away, which it is.
I had done some online research when it was initially diagnosed (my concern was that since it had not been found until well after he was a year old, when would it go away?!?) and found infomation that stated it could take several years to disappear, but most would be gone by 5 years old (which is when my son's was discovered), but could take until puberty to go. The surgeon told me that we could go in and have it surgically removed, but since it was in a spot that it would cause no harm internally with any other body parts or organs, to let it go away on it's own.
M.B. answers from Lima on June 05, 2008
A child I babysat for years ago had one & about 1 year of age it became skin colored but the bump was still there. I haven't seen him since he was 2, so I don't know if the bump ever went away. It may be something that can be surgically removed if it't real noticeable.
A.D. answers from Evansville on June 05, 2008
My son has one too. It grew until he was about 6 months old, and is now 19 months old and is still there. It is the same size but has started to fade. Our ped said that it would eventually fade away, but didn't really give me an age that it would no longer be visable. From other mom's I have talked to usually around 3 or so is when it is no longer noticable, but every kiddo is different. Hope this helps.