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Hemangiomas

“What’s that big red spot on your baby’s head?”  You’ll probably get that question every time someone sees your baby for the first time.  A hemangioma is a large red bubbly spot somewhere on your baby’s head and it looks a lot like a giant blood blister.  Despite how it looks, it doesn’t hurt your baby and it is not harmful to your baby.  I never learned exactly why my baby had one except that my doctor said they could be common in preemies.

I was told by the doctors and nurses in the NICU, and by my pediatrician at home, that the hemangioma on my baby’s head would simply get smaller and then fade away, probably around age 2.  They said that it might change a little bit over time or even get slightly bigger or smaller.  Well, it did exactly that.  Sometimes we would notice that it had bubbled up on one side and then later that spot had faded away.  From about 18 months it started to get smaller and less noticeable almost every day, until one day we realized that it was gone, right around her 2nd birthday!  It was pretty amazing, actually.  Now, I can still find the spot where it was, because there is an extra amount of dark flaky skin there, but that too is going away.  Our girl never had any problems with it, it never hurt her, and the doctors were never concerned about it.

My baby was so bald while she was young that often we tried to cover her hemangioma with a little bow or headband, but it never really bothered me.  In fact, it was just a part of my baby’s looks and I thought it was kind of cute.  We called it her little strawberry, and sometimes people thought it was a red bow on her head until they got a closer look at it.  My baby’s hemangioma was right on the top of her head, and the only other one I’ve seen was actually on a kid’s forehead, and he wasn’t even a preemie.

In these pictures you can see the hemangioma on my baby’s head.  Take a look.

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Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

Comments

  1. my daughter is 4 months old she has a hemangioma on her head is it matter of concern, nowdays she has a habit of putting her hand on that so what should we do

    • Laura Romero says:

      Hello Vivek,

      I wanted to take a minute to reply to the comment /question you had regarding your daughter’s hemangioma. Hemangiomas are common for babies in general but especially for babies who are born pre-term. The majority of hemangiomas are not a matter of concern. They typically grow rapidly for the first few weeks or months upon onset, but will eventually fade and go away completely- this can take several years to happen. My daughter developed a hemangioma around 2 months of age at the top of her forehead and by the age of three was completely gone. If you do have any concerns, it is best to contact your doctor.

  2. chichi Mary says:

    Few weeks after my baby was born,i saw some irritation on her skin.i tried to apply pressure to d one on her head and a few days later it became red and started swelling,thedoctors said it is hemangioma but am feeling guilty dat it was my doing….will it disappear like Ʋ really said?

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