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Hematoma?

DD had her 2 month appointment today and what I thought was an extension of the baby acne with a particularly big red zit onto her earlobe is actually a little hematoma.  It looks like a red ear piercing.  Anyone's LOs have a hematoma?  Our pedi said it would resolve by the time she was 3 (!!) and it may get bigger.  She didn't really offer a reason as to why she had it though.

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  • Our LO has a quartersized red mark that we thought was a birthmark on her outer thigh. It is not raised yet. Her pedi told us it is probably a hemangioma and it will get bigger and likely go away by the time she is 1.
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  • This actually sounds like a hemangioma.  DS has 4 of them.  Our pedi was concerned about the one behind his ear because it could grow and cause breathing problems, so we were sent to a pediatric dermatologist.  She is an expert in the Seattle area and said it was not harmful, only a cosmetic issue.  The red ones are often referred to as strawberries and will get bigger and then eventually go away.  There are also ones under the skin that are a lump and turn purple.  Those can leave a fatty lump when they go away in a few years.  DS has a combo of these two.  She prescribed a beta blocker topical medicine that we put on his skin twice a day.  If a child has 5 or more, they do an ultrasound to make sure they're not internal, in which they would do an internal beta blocker prescription.  But they're not harmful unless they grow in a bad spot and obstruct breathing and will eventually go away.   

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemangioma

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  • lkm2006lkm2006
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    DS2 has two. One, a little smaller than a quarter, on his shoulder. And one, about the size of a dime, on his side.

    The started growing very quickly [around 2 weeks] but quit growing just as quickly. They haven't grown since he was probably about 5 or 6 weeks and he is 11 weeks now.

    Doctor said they can usually grow up to a year and then they turn a skin color and will just go away slowly.. Usually by the age of two.

     

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    This actually sounds like a hemangioma.  DS has 4 of them.  Our pedi was concerned about the one behind his ear because it could grow and cause breathing problems, so we were sent to a pediatric dermatologist.  She is an expert in the Seattle area and said it was not harmful, only a cosmetic issue.  The red ones are often referred to as strawberries and will get bigger and then eventually go away.  There are also ones under the skin that are a lump and turn purple.  Those can leave a fatty lump when they go away in a few years.  DS has a combo of these two.  She prescribed a beta blocker topical medicine that we put on his skin twice a day.  If a child has 5 or more, they do an ultrasound to make sure they're not internal, in which they would do an internal beta blocker prescription.  But they're not harmful unless they grow in a bad spot and obstruct breathing and will eventually go away.   

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemangioma 

    Thank you!  I think this is exactly what it is.  I should have written it down at my appointment, I knew it started with an "H"!  The wikipedia link you gave was interesting, it talked about increased estrogen being a possible cause.  DD's showed up around the time her acne flared, which is supposedly due to increased hormones in her system.  Maybe they are related?  Thanks again for the info. 

  • snok83snok83
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    My daughter has one on her back.  At first, I just thought it was a cut because it was small and red.  Since then, it has gotten a little bigger and became more raised.  They don't really treat them unless they are in an area that would be a problem such around eyes, etc.   Apparently as others have said they just grow out of it.   We will see!
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  • DD1 had quite a few hemangiomas.  She has one dot on the side of her face, down towards her chin, and a couple on her lower back that are smaller but raised and a pretty big one on her right thigh.  It was pretty raised, but at 5, it has not gone away but has gotten flat and is starting to break up a little, becoming more flesh colored.  I always thought it would be gone by now (doc always said by 3yrs old) but it's still hanging around.
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