Juliette - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
My name is Juliette and our son Colton was born Dec. 1st last year. At about 4 weeks he developed a small hemangioma between the bridge of his nose and his left eye as well as one on his back. The facial hemangioma has rapidly grown from what looked like a tiny scratch to a 8mm diameter and 3mm depth. Our first pediatrician advised us to watch it closely due to it's proximity to Colt's eye. We moved to a smaller town in West Texas from Dallas/Fort Worth and our initial pediatrician here dismissed it's rapid growth and told us when it was blocking his eye he would send him somewhere. I was a RN for 10+ years and knew that explanation wasn't acceptable. We saw our new pediatrician today and she is very concerned due to it's location, growth rate and the evident growth that we cannot see beneath the skin. There is a small buldge about the size of a nickel below/around the hemangioma. We are being referred to a pediatric dermatologist in Dallas. I have done research via the internet regarding treatment with corticosteroids, propranolol, timolol, laser, plastic surgery, and interferon alfa-2a. It seems there are side effects with all, as with most treatments and medications and I am just curious if anyone else has a child with a hemangioma in a similar location and what treatments they are utilizing and to what degree of sucess they are having. Colton is our first and only child and we want to be as educated as possible to make the best decisions regarding his future treatment. Thank you!