My 2 month year old daughter has hemangioma under her eye she had it at birth but grew as she got older does hemangiomas fade away on its own???

Yessy - posted on 12/07/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




A hemangioma under her eye and cheek...and she already had a steroid shot and she was prescribed propranolol but she had a very bad reaction towards the medicine she wouldn't stop crying so I took her to the ER and the DR said to stop giving her propranolol so I did but. My question is would it grow back to its normal size as it was before or the hemangioma it will fade away by its own???


Katherine - posted on 12/09/2012




Seeing a hemangioma on your baby’s skin can be scary, but most of these benign tumors go away on their own without any treatment.

So try not to worry. Hemangiomas are quite common. And if your baby does require treatment, the doctors at Children’s Hospital Boston are experts in the care and treatment of infantile hemangiomas.

How common are hemangiomas?

Hemangiomas are the most common benign tumor in infants. Between four and ten percent of Caucasian infants are born with at least one hemangioma.

Hemangiomas are three to five times more common in females (especially fair-skinned girls) than in males, and occur more frequently in Caucasian infants than in Asian infants. They are rare in African-American infants. Premature infants are more likely to have hemangiomas.

Where do hemangiomas occur?

About 60 percent of hemangiomas occur in babies’ head and neck area. About 25 percent occur in the trunk and 15 percent occur in the arms or legs.

About 80 percent of hemangiomas grow as a single tumor, and about 20 percent occur in multiple areas.

While hemangiomas primarily grow within the skin, they do sometimes develop in an internal organ, including the liver and gastrointestinal tract.

Should we talk to a vascular anomalies specialist?

Since most hemangiomas go away on their own without any treatment, the majority of children do not need to see a specialist in vascular anomalies. Your child’s pediatrician will monitor the lesion, provide support and reassurance, and contact a specialist if and when appropriate.

You should take your child to see a vascular anomalies specialist if any of the following conditions apply:

Your doctor isn’t sure about the diagnosis.

Your child’s hemangioma develops a scab.

Your child’s hemangioma is on her face.

The hemangioma is large, growing rapidly or in a spot (near the eye, for example) where it could cause complications.

Your child has multiple hemangiomas — this can be a sign that your child has a hemangioma in an internal organ, such as the liver or gastrointestinal tract, which could require treatment.

Your child has a hemangioma along the spine — this can be a sign that your child has a malformed spine.


What causes hemangiomas?

Researchers led by Joyce Bischoff, PhD, in Children's Vascular Biology Program, recently discovered that hemangiomas originate from stem cells. This discovery has led to more research into how we can use medications to stop the growth of tangled masses of blood vessels that make up a hemangioma.

Hemangiomas are not hereditary, and no known food, medication or activity during pregnancy can cause a hemangioma.

When do hemangiomas occur?

The average age when hemangioma appears is two weeks old. Sometimes your doctor will notice a hemangioma just after your baby is born while she’s still in the hospital.

Your doctor may not notice a deep hemangioma until your baby is three to four months old, because these hemangiomas don’t leave the typical red mark on your baby’s skin. They never develop in adults.

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