Friday, February 17, 2012

Scary Spots

Yesterday we took Hunter to the doctors so that he could take a look at a spot that Hunter has on the top of his head. It's a spot that he's had since birth and it started out as a small, flat, red little circle. At his one month checkup we asked about it and the doctor said it was probably just a birthmark.

Well since that appointment the spot has gotten bigger and gone from flat to raised with jagged edges. It looks like a potentially cancerous mole. Needless to say we were concerned and rather than wait for his two month check-up we decided to take him in now to get it looked at. Better to be safe than sorry.  I didn't really think it was Cancer but I did think they would tell us that it needed to be removed to prevent it from turning into something serious.

I'm VERY happy to say that not only is the spot NOT cancerous but it doesn't even need to be removed. Turns out that Hunter has a Hemangioma which is basically a red patch of blood vessels that grows during their first year but eventually fades away on it's own. As soon as the doctor saw it he immediately knew what it was and put us at ease.

Here's a picture of Hunter's Hemangioma

Fortunately it's on the top of his head and his hair covers it so it's not really noticeable.

I'm very happy we went ahead and took him in so that we didn't have to spend the next two weeks until his two month checkup worrying. I don't think anyone wants to be one of those hypochondriac type of parents but with a baby, especially your first, if you ever have any concerns about their health better to call or take them in and get it checked out.

We also found out when we took him in that our little 7 week old has gained FOUR pounds and grown two inches since birth. He was 7lbs12ozs when he was born and yesterday weighed in at 11lbs 12ozs he's also now 22.5 inches long. Kid has a hearty appetite! It does make me a bit sad that he's getting so big so fast!

Also, for your viewing pleasure he's a video I took this morning of my little guy full of smiles.

9 comments:

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Jamie has one of those on his palm. Oddly enough it didn't show up until about 1 week after he was born, but the Doctor assures us that they usually go away all on their own. His changes colors from pale red to a deep red, but lately looks a bit lighter like maybe it's starting to fade!

I don't even notice it anymore until someone else says something!

Glad you were able to put your mind at ease!

Heather said...

Aw, that is such a sweet video! And thank goodness the spot on his head is perfectly normal. I would have been nervous about it, too, and it's good that you got it checked out sooner rather than later. Definitely better safe than sorry.

Marian said...

Isn't he the cutest! Put the biggest smile on my face!!

Meg said...

I'm glad it's just a little strawberry! It's on the top of his head and he'll have a full head of hair to cover it up if it grows any. I'm glad you got your nerves settled a little by seeing the pediatrician! The video is adorable!

Ashley said...

Glad it turned out to be nothing serious!!

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beka said...

Oh so scary - I'm glad it turned out to be ok. What a happy little man

carrie1 said...

Glad to hear its nothing major. =) Hope you all are doing well.

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AmyJean {Relentless Bride / Fry, The Baby} said...

Phew. so glad it isn't anything to cause concern! Isn't it amazing (and scary) how quickly babies grow? Hunter is so adorable! I'm loving his smiles! :)