Strawberry Birthmark

Louise - posted on 07/02/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old daughter has a very large Hemangioma(strawberry birthmark) covering her whole fore arm! She will soon need to start steroid treatment to shrink it as it has split open & ulcerated! Its very painfull for her & needs dressing & treating with antibiotic cream twice a day! Is there anyone out there that is going through or has been through the same, cos im struggling to find people who understand?? Thanks :)

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Iris - posted on 10/03/2014

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My daughter is 3 months old and has a strawberry mark on her shoulder it was small and with time it grew and got puffy doctors say that with time it'll go away but now I noticed that it has a scab in the middle an it hurts her cause she cries everytime I touch the area any ideas if I should be worried ?

Louise - posted on 07/02/2009

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shes 3 months now, it was there when she was born but it was flat & grey, after 2 weeks it went red, then by 6 weeks it swelled up & at 8 weeks it split open!

She also has 9 other smaller birthmarks that appeared after she was born, the latest 4 appeared just this week!

The doc has told me that if they are there at birth they wont disappear completely & if they appear later on they have a 80% chance of diassapearing completely! they grow for 9 months then stop & after 1 year old thats when they start to shrink! Not a great percentage of these things split, i hope you dont have to go through what we have!!

Melissa - posted on 07/02/2009

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may i ask how old she is and when did it start to puff up becasue my sons was not their when he was born about 2 weeks a mark showed the it started to grow and puff up

Louise - posted on 07/02/2009

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She will have to have an xray when the swelling has gone down to check if there is damage to her bone & then when its shrunk she will need surgery to tidy up the arm, but that wont be until shes a bit older.

Louise - posted on 07/02/2009

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Thanks guys, Hi melissa, being seen by a dermatologist at the hospital & steroids are the only option we have left to try now! if we dont use them it will continue to grow for another 9 months & its causing her great distress bless her! It can cause damage to her hand developement as its also round the base of her thumb! Weve been told theres so many side affects from steroids that can affect them through treatment and later on in life & their not simple problems, its so hard to make this decision because it could affect her quality of life either way!

Angie - posted on 07/02/2009

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My son has two very close together on the back of his neck(it looks like a bug bite).It is very small though. I am sorry your daughter and your family have to go through this. I wish you all the best of luck..I hope it gets better poor thing.

Melissa - posted on 07/02/2009

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well my son has one on his chest....its not bad like your daughter we are hoping it will 'deflate' and fade...i wish u all the luck

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