Hemangioma aka Strawberry Birth Marks

Sandi - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi,

My daughter has a strawberry birth mark on the right side of her chest. We have been to see a specialist and they told us not to worry as it's in a safe place and will disappear when she is about 7yrs old. It's about the size of a 50 pence piece and looks very large on a little 10month old :)

I was wondering if anyone had any before and after pictures they could show me? With her being female and it being on her chest I'm wondering if she will feel uncomfortable wearing certain tops or dresses when she is older.

Thanks
~Sandi~

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Jessica - posted on 02/15/2010

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My daughter was born with a quarter sized, raised, "strawberry birthmark" on her left shoudler, she's only 17 months old now and it has faded significantly! It's only the size of a penny now and getting smaller and lighter. I don't have any pictures, because I just never took any, but I'm sure you could find some online. Our doctor told us that by the time she's 6 or 7, you won't be able to tell she had anything there, unless she gets a tan, because it won't tan like normal skin, it'll tan like a scar, so it'll be a light patch on her back. I wouldn't worry about it! If they told you it's normal and in a safe spot, I'd just keep an eye on it and only worry if you notice it getting bigger. My daughter's birth mark actually changed shape, and when I asked the doctor about it, he said it was fine as long as it was changing shape and getting smaller, which it was! Good luck! And don't worry about her being uncomfortable with it when she's older, chances are, if you don't make a big deal about it, she won't. Just tell her it's a birth mark, which it is, and that everyone has one, they just come in different shapes, sizes, colors and places. I bet you'll all be fine! :)

Tanisha - posted on 02/13/2010

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well im sorry to say that i dont have pics but i do have a scar..... i was born with a strawberry birthmark as well but it was on my right leg. as time went on mine started to get a little bigger all the time and specialist did tell my mother as well that it would go away with time but it kept getting bigger...well im almost 20 years old and have has 7 surgeries because of that birthmark.. they sent me to a cancer dr and they concluded that i had/ have cancer.. if n e thing i think u should get her in to see a cancer specialist... if they say theres nothing to worry about then that should help out a lot!! let me know how things go with her!! =)

Kristi - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter who is now nearly 10 had several strawberry birthmarks..one on her head,one on her back,and one on her lower back.My pediatrician assured of the same thing,that they would fade and disappear by age 7.They are completely gone,and there is no evidence of their existence.I was told the marks come from broken blood vessels from the pressure of delivery and the position they lay in inside the womb.Hope this helps!

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My son Adam had 2 on his forehead from about 2 weeks old until about 1 year old. I have a picture on my page if you want to add me to your circle to see them. One dr said they would go away at about 1 and another said they may not. One was willing to do surgery to remove them once he started walking since they were on the face. He didn't want to cause any social issues and also said that if they broke open, likely on the face, that it would be hard to stop the bleeding. The other dr wouldn't do anything at any time. They eventually faded and at 12 all that is left is a tiny scar that really is only noticeable if you are looking for them.

You will get some advice to leave it and some to remove it when the time is right. My thought is that if you are going to remove it, do it sooner rather than later, but not too soon. Give it a chance to go away on its own, but she will remember the mark and the surgery later in life and won't when she's younger. My son obviously doesn't remember having them and is a little disturbed to see pics of him with them.

Good luck with whatever decision you make!

Charlene - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter also has a large strawberry on the right side of her chest, right by her shoulder.

The night she was born, it just looked like a faint thumbprint from the doctor, but it's grown and raised a lot so now it's about the diameter of a golf ball and it's raised about a centimetre.

Her doctor told us that it just needs to be monitered and she'll go see a specialist when she's one. There's not much they can/will do before that because it's not in a 'dangerous' place.

She also has one on her right leg that has almost disapeared now, though it was only the size of a dime.



My cousin was born with a strawberry on her lip, which eventually was hindering her ability to eat so they tried to shrink it, but that stunted her growth. She had a surgery to remove part of it and then she had another one when she was 5 (her choice) to remove almost the rest of it. You can hardly tell that she even had one, you have to get almost in her face to see that the area is a little paler than the rest of her lip, but if you hadn't seen her before, you would never know she had one.

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Amie - posted on 10/01/2011

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My daughter has one behind (around) her ear and she is about to start Propranolol to shrink it hopefully

Iridescent - posted on 02/14/2010

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I had one on my right foot when I was born. It was gone before I was school-aged, as I have no memory of it. My son was born with one on the back of his head as well, just along the hairline. It started out like just a flat red spot but became raised and larger. It is now gone (he is 8) and has been for a few years. Sometimes they do fade and disappear, sometimes they do not. If you have any doubt about your daughter's, please have her seen by a specialist for them as they can cause/indicate other problems.

Sandi - posted on 02/14/2010

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Thank you all so much for your responses! I have more faith in it going away now. I couldn't understand how such a big mark could fade to a little blemish. But if others have had that experience then I hope my daughter is lucky enough aswell.

xx

Meigann - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter had a strawberry birthmark on her scalp when she was born and the DR said that it would go away over time but if it grew it would need special attention. By her 2nd birthday it was gone.

Sheri - posted on 02/14/2010

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Two of my friends have girls with hemangiomas (facial) that are starting to fade a lot on these toddlers. It's possible that your daughter's will be a total non-issue by the time the clothing will be rubbing around on a chest area. They tend to shrink and fade, and I wish you all the best!

Danielle - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter has a little heart shaped strawberry birth mark on her widows peak. my dr only said it was a birth mark, never said anything about it going away or something I should keep an eye on

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son had one on his chest and it was gone by age 2 I think time will tell they said it would grow but never did. From reading the other posts I guess it just depends on the kid I wouldn't worry to much just keep an eye on it. Ya know kids don't seem to worry about the stuff we do. Mabey it won't even be an issue.

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