Archive | August, 2010

Strawberry Hemangioma

20 Aug

5 months

I had no idea what a strawberry hemangioma was until I had Mr. H. But evidently about 1 in 10 children have this type of birthmark, which is simply an overgrowth of blood vessels. Most of the time strawberries are located on the head and neck area, but they can occur anywhere. Interestingly, these marks are not seen right at birth but start to appear after about 1 month of age. They usually continue to grow for about a year and then recede and are completely gone before the beginning of kindergarten. Of course, this is not an exact science and there are all kinds of variations on this timeline.

7 months

Mr. H had a mark on his upper lip that started to appear when he was about a month old. At first I thought maybe it was a “hiccy” from sucking too hard while eating, but my pediatrician diagnosed it as a strawberry. She also referred me to a pediatric plastic surgeon since the strawberry was on his lip and if it got too big could interfere with nursing, eating, or speaking. It was very hard as a new mother to realize that my baby had an “imperfection”! It was especially difficult when I introduced my baby to new people…I felt as though everyone was wondering what this thing on his lip was and so I needed to explain it.

At the hospital for a treatment

A new procedure which is now used to stunt the growth of strawberries is called “Pulsed Dye Laser” or PDL. This is the same laser used in cosmetic procedures to reduce the appearance of spider veins. Mr. H had his first PDL at 3 months of age, and since then has had about 6 more treatments. The actual treatment only takes about 1 minute, but he has to go under general anesthesia for the treatment so that he will not move. This is very hard for a mother to endure! But I hope that in the end it will encourage the strawberry to heal more quickly and leave a less prominent mark on him permanently. The surgeon told me that we may need to continue giving Mr. H more treatments if it continues to grow…and there is also a possibility that he will have to excise some extra skin after the strawberry shrinks. But right now it is a wait-and-see situation.

First birthday!

Mr. H recently turned 1, and I feel that the treatments and/or the time has led to an improvement in his strawberry. It also took me about this long to realize that other people can see him without being distracted by this superficial mark. So for now I will stop worrying about it. But come kindergarten, I am sure I will be worried again because children can be so unkind!

For more information on hemangiomas and their treatment, here is a great resource: www.hemangiomatreatment.org

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My first post…

12 Aug

Hi blogger community. My name is Maria Antonia (or Toni for short).  I didn’t post any comment yet mainly because I am shy when comes to writing in english. But the main point here is to communicate, right?. My friend Sarah and I have decided that even with very little time on hand we should start this blogging experience because there are many things to share and to learn.

I tried to post some time ago about an idea on how not to  lose baby socks.  This has happened to me thousands of times before. I think it was in April!!!!! What a failure!!!! I didn’t  post anything. Well, now I will deliver this message.

It is quite easy to put together. Everyone with little ones has many plastic hangers for baby’s  pants with two metallic clips… recycle them, and clip a mesh bag for lingerie that you can buy at the dollar store.  Hang it in the laundry room and there you go. Put it in the washer and dryer, clean the dirty little sockies and use it again.

I didn’t mention this before, but I am Spanish and from Madrid and I want to keep the blog bilingual….. I need time to translate the posts,  anyway…

I want for my baby to be truly bilingual, because in my case I learned english when I came here ( I studied french, thank you very much!!!). Now you understand why I am a little reluctant when comes to writing.  Therefore I am talking to her in Spanish and the rest of her world is doing it in english!!!. Holy moly what a confused baby, she is probably thinking that there is something wrong with her mommy.

I want to explore what is out there about bilingual learning in kids. This will be my next post.

Not much more for now. If there is any blogger kind enough to stop by and check our blog with experience in this matter, please drop some comments.

Thank you, world.