Hemangiomas Grow Quicker Than Thought

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Hemangiomas Grow Quicker Than Thought
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Fri, 09-28-2012 - 5:25pm

Researchers have discovered that the most rapid growth period for infant hemangiomas occurs between 5 1/2 and 7 1/2 weeks, and recommending that infants are referred to a dermatologist as early as 4 weeks to begin treatments:

http://www.healthcanal.com/pregnancy-childbirth/31569-Strawberry-Birthmarks-Grow-Rapidly-When-Babies-Just-Weeks-Old-Mayo-Clinic-Finds.html

What do you think of these findings? 

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Sat, 09-29-2012 - 6:16pm

Specialsts have known for many years what the usual growth patterns are for hemangiomas.  Melissa's 17½ and we were given the same stats when she was little. 

This article is suggesting nothing "new".  As for the recommendation that infants be referred to a dermatologist as early as four weeks to begin treatments, the article actually states, "The new findings suggest that infants with high-risk infantile hemangiomas should be seen by a dermatologist as soon as possible, preferably by four weeks old. This way, therapy, such as drug treatment and laser removal can start as soon as possible."  It doesn't read that all babies with hemangiomas should be referred. 

As for treatment, I am not so sure I think early treatment is best for every case.  Truth be told, I don't believe all hemangiomas should be treated.  IMHO, the decision should be made by the parents and their specialist(s) --- not just any pediatric dermotolgist as there is a difference.  Treatment can consist of medicines (not side-effect free), laser (not pain free), surgery (which includes some type of anesthesia)... definitely not for every situation. 

That said, I do believe parents should keep track of their child's hemangioma and seek the opinion of specialists so they can educate themselves to make the best decision for their child.  I just don't think every child needs to be treated for their hemangioma.   

 

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