My 3-month old daughter developed a hemangioma (birthmark)...

Kara - posted on 11/14/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My 3-month old daughter developed a hemangioma (birthmark) on the ti[ of her nose when she was 3 weeks old. We get a lot of questions and comments about it. The Dr. said it will disappear before school-age on its own. There is a painful laser treatment we could try, but we just don't know if we should let it go? Any of you have kids with visible birthmarks???

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Raji - posted on 08/06/2012

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my 3 yr baby had a hemangioma on her chin it was at her first week of birth on the first year it was growing second year it was at the resting stage now it becomes slowly fad to skin colour but not fully gone. The Dr. said it is a vascular hemangioma we take surgery on her 4th year that is before she goes to school i pray this will cure naturally before her 4 because she goes to school.Any of you have kids with these mark on her face that the time of she goes to school?

Jessica - posted on 01/07/2010

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My 5 mo old has a hemangioma on the top of her head. It showed up at two weeks and has gone from about the size of a dime to now being the size of a quarter. It is quite a but raised as well. I hate that people that first meet her can't see past it, because she really is beautiful in every way(including the special strawberry). I feel like people cannot see how pretty she is because of this, although we barely notice it anymore. Does anyone know of any natural or alternative but safe treatments? I have heard of propanolol and steroids, but I don't think hers is bad enough to even consider a medication with potential side effects.

Natalie - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter does not have any visible birthmarks yet, but I myself have a big one on my cheek. I have never complained about it or thought it was ugly, because my mom used to call it my beauty mark and say I had it because God thought I was so beautiful. Maybe that is why I have never disliked it. My aunt used to have a birthmark and got it removed, she said it was very painful. I wouldn't do the laser treatment. I would see if it disappears in a couple of years and maybe when she is a little older you can make a final decision. Just a thought.

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Natalie - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter does not have any visible birthmarks yet, but I myself have a big one on my cheek. I have never complained about it or thought it was ugly, because my mom used to call it my beauty mark and say I had it because God thought I was so beautiful. Maybe that is why I have never disliked it. My aunt used to have a birthmark and got it removed, she said it was very painful. I wouldn't do the laser treatment. I would see if it disappears in a couple of years and maybe when she is a little older you can make a final decision. Just a thought.

Alicia - posted on 01/12/2010

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My little girl is 9 months now and she has one on her breast. I worry about if it doesnt go away, just because she couldnt wear any tank tops or anything like that without it showing and i dont want her to feel insecure about it. I have decided so far just to let it go and hope it does go away like it is suppost to. If it doesnt i think i will wait till shes 5 or 6 and ask her if it bothers her and if it does we can try to get it removed. I guess thats the way i am. I had a mom that really wanted me to get my older daughters ears pierced but i waited till she wanted it done herself. I think its her body that she will have to live with the rest of her life she should get a say in it. Just my opinion. Good luck with your daughter.

Carol Ann - posted on 01/07/2010

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Kara, my friend's little girl had one on the tip of her nose also. She has the most beautiful blue eyes. She is from my hometown so I don't see her often (I've moved) but I do know that the last time I saw her she was 3. It had faded so much that I barely noticed it. The coloring was faded and the raised area was reduced by 75%. Her face and nose had grown so that the birthmark was proportionately minor.

Leah - posted on 11/17/2009

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My children dont have any, however i had a strawberry hemangioma when i was a baby. It was on my right cheek, about 1 in. by 1 in. The doctors told my parents that it would go away as i got older....this was back in the seventies, I''m 30 now. The birthmark never went away as they were told. I went all through school, being ridiculed and made fun of and being stared at everywhere i went. My mother used to get so mad at people. The birthmark did however lose it's color as i got older. I dont remember exactly when the color came out of it because it was part of my everyday life and i just never noticed. So i had like a bubble on the side of my cheek. I finally got it removed when i was about 25 through surgery. It was just a mass of fatty tissue by that time. I would wait till she was a little older and have a second opinion.

Mary - posted on 11/16/2009

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My daughter was born with one on her bottom and 3 weeks later one show up right under left eye lid the doctor said it would go away way before she started school he just kept measureing it so it wouldnt grow so big it wouldblock her vision. By the time she was 4 the one under her eye went completly,The on she was born with on her bottom is still there but it is flat now and very light.She is now 24 and you cant even tell she had one under her eye.So i say wait and see!

Jessica - posted on 11/16/2009

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My 6yr old has three of these. They do fade but not as quick as you would like. You realy need to think about the laser treatment though. Is it for your comfort or hers? Just whatever you do make sure the doc puts it in her file because I had cps look into my son over his. Good luck!

Megan - posted on 11/15/2009

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My second son has/had a hemangioma. His came out at about a month old. it got a bit worse, at about 4-8 months, then disappeared one day. He is 3 yrs old now and it is barely noticable. Now it just looks like a real birthmark. I know it's difficult to look at your child and not do anything, but really I'd let it go. Good luck.

Brandi - posted on 11/14/2009

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Just let her outgrow it on her own. My daughter had one on her leg and it disappeared before she turned 2. If anyone asks, just tell them it's her little kiss from God and let it at that. They really shouldn't be asking anyway.

Caryn - posted on 11/14/2009

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Leave it alone! There is nothing "wrong" with her, its just a mark that God gave her to make her special. I am 23yrs old and still have a b-mark that I got when I was a newborn. Its ugly but I have no plans to have it removed/faded/whatever, its a part of me. Its not painful or harmful in anyways so I just leave it alone.

Kelly - posted on 11/14/2009

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My oldest had one on the side of his head. I know that it is upsetting, his was a big raised place, skin colored, with a small red dot in the middle. It appeared when he was about six weeks old, and eventually his hair grew in and covered it, but that was when he was a couple of years old. It did go away completely as his head grew, and like the others said, he doesn't remember it unless he sees a picture (he is almost 18). It was hard at the time, because while I was so thankful that he was healthy and had nothing else "wrong" with him, I got so tired of people saying "oh, what happened, did mommy let you bump your head?". Yes, they actually said that!!! It also seemed that every time I took him to be photographed, they would show that side of his head instead of the other side. I'm sure I was more sensitive to it all than neccessary, but he was my first, you know. That all being said, I would not do the surgery. I believe things happen for a reason, and I personally would just worry, what if there were to develop some side effect, even in the future, from putting a child through a surgery they didn't absolutely need? Also, maybe that would send a message to your daughter later in life, about dealing with imperfections (as everyone has something about themselves they can't fix). I am sure that she is beautiful, and wonderful, just the way she is, and it will go away or get much better in time.

Teale - posted on 11/14/2009

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I would wait it out and see if it disappears naturally if not when she is a little older then you can decide when she can give her input about it. It may very well disappear on ts own but if it doesnt then she can help ou decide if it embarrasses her or if she actually finds it quite lovely...What would the world be if Cindy Crawford's parents had removed her famous mole? :)

Amy - posted on 11/14/2009

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My son was born with one. It was huge and red. I was told to wait till he got older. He is now 12 and you can hardly even tell he had one. I would just wait, it fades while they grow.

Missy - posted on 11/14/2009

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Hi, Kara. My thoughts on this as someone who knows you...let it go for a while longer. Unless the doctor changes what he is saying and says that it could be harmful to "S." Then of course you would do something, but if they are saying it will disappear on its own then just wait. You are a wonderful mom and I know you will do the right thing. "S" is a beautiful little girl and I would love to actually meet her someday! Her and "C" look so much alike! Adorable! Hugs to you, Kara!

Vickie - posted on 11/14/2009

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My son had one on the top of his head the doctoctor told us it would go probably go away by the time he was 5 he is now 20 months old and it is already fading

Jenn - posted on 11/14/2009

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my daughter was born with one right in the middle of her forehead an cheek. By about 6 months it was not as noticeable unless she had been crying. She just turned 3 this month an you can hardly see it at all. Again if she had been crying allot or is really hot you can see it. I would not recommended putting a baby through something like a surgery to lessen or get rid of birthmarks. It is just not necessary an y put your baby through that? if she is older an wants to do it then at least it would be her decision to go through the pain an not made for her.

Carolee - posted on 11/14/2009

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My son had one over his eye. It was bright pink. Now, though, it only shows up when he cries hard or runs himself too hard and it turns red. I would try to consider it something more that makes her beautifully unique. I wouldn't do the laser treatments... if she wants to have it done when she's older, fine, but not at 3 months.

Michelle - posted on 11/14/2009

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My son had 2 of these birthmarks, one was quite large on the left side of his forehead and another small one behind his right ear. I didn't have these birthmarks treated in any way and the both disappeared before he was 4 yrs old. The birthmark on his forehead because it was large is in no way noticeable now i can only see it if i look really hard for it. My son is now 15 1/2 yrs old and he doesn't even remember having them unless he sees a photo of it and asks about it. I used to worry that it wouldn't go away but it did. I remember a friend of my step-fathers saying "that my child had a lolly stuck on his head". Please don't put your child through the pain of laser treatment for something that will go away on its own.

Christine - posted on 11/14/2009

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My grand daughter has two of them, (they appeared when she was about 2 weeks old) one at the corner of her eye and the other on her forehead. She is now 18 months old and they are already starting to fade.

Kyle - posted on 11/14/2009

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I realized when my son was 2weeks old my son had areas on his mid-lower back and his upper hind end that were black and blue and looked like bruises. When i took him to the doctor she told me not to panic and they were only Mongolian spots. So now I have to tell everyone that watches him, mainly our church nursery, what he has because they really do look like bruises and i don't want anyone to think we are abusing our child and call children services or something. Usually they disappear by adolescence. I'm hoping they do.

Sarah - posted on 11/14/2009

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My sister has one. I would not put her through the pain of laser treatment. My mom went the positive route with the birth mark, making it a special mark that only she was lucky enough to get. Yes she did get questions from people. Her kids also have birth marks and will get questions, but you teach them how to respond making it a special thing that only they were lucky enough to get. Some will say an angel kissed them as they left heaven. I think it is all what you make it. Just as anything else in life that makes us different people are going to look and ask, but if we have a good self-esteem then that does not matter. Building that good self-esteem starts by teaching our kids that the things that make us different are good and special things and not things.

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