Long long ago, one night Sophia was "kissed" by an angel!!! Who wouldn't kiss this precious little baby girl??
Many of you have probably wondered about the "red" mark on her face? What is it? Will it go away? Is it a birthmark?
I thought I would blog about our little "Angel kiss" as I like to call it. For those of you medically savvy people, you will enjoy this blog... others, you might find it a bit dry and boring!! Oh well, enjoy!
Sophia has a "hemangioma" on the right side of her face. She was not born with it. In fact, hemangioma's typically present themselves in the first 7-10 days of an infant's life. It is a type of vascular anomaly (birthmark), however it will go away (unlike many birthmarks). It is a benign tumor of endotheilial cells that normally line the blood vessels. The cells multiply at a rapid rate.
Infant hemangiomas have a fairly predictable pattern of growth. They grow over the first 6-12 months, then begin involuting (shrinking) which can take another year or two. The red or "strawberry" color will go away as well. It will never regrow after it involutes.
Hemangiomas are the most common benign tumor in infants. Between 4-10% of Caucasian infants have at least 1 hemangioma. They are 3-5x more common in females than in males, especially fair-skinned girls (like our little princess). They are rare in other nationalities.
They still do not know the cause of hemangiomas. They are usually not hereditary. They can not be prevented. 60% of all hemangiomas occur in the head and neck area. 25% in the trunk and 15% in the arms and legs. 80% usually just grow as a single tumor.
There is no treatment for a superficial hemangioma as in Sophia's case. They will go away on their own... you just have to let Mother Nature run her course!
So, hopefully all of your questions have been answered. I had never heard of a hemangioma before this occurred. Who knew?
Allyson and Sophia (our angel kissed princess)
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