Bump on back of head

Does anyone else have a preemie who has a bump on the back of his/her head? It is mushy but not really mushy and it moves. It started out really small and it just keeps getting bigger.

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Is it under the scalp? And is there any color to it? Andrew has 15 hemangiomas at last count...they are common in preemies, especially those who undergrow rapid growth at some point, which he did toward the end of his NICU stay and early on here at home. Shortly after he came home, he developed a bump on his head. I thought it was a cyst, but the pediatrician was pretty sure it was a hemangioma. She could even see the reddish color. It's under his scalp. It's gotten bigger, too, and now a second one has come along under his scalp too. Sigh. But the good thing is they will fall off eventually, anywhere from age 1 to 10. Not sure if that's what yours could be...but his are soft and I can move them a little. Does he have hemangiomas (little red bumps) elsewhere on his skin? If he does, this could be one too.

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Florin has a bump on her forehead. It is scar tissue, under her skin, from the CPAP headgear that pressed against that area on her forehead.

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Andrew's neonatologist at first thought this could be a little cyst from a lead that had been on the head, since that would be in about the right place, one of the top sides. But then he saw the reddish color and agreed with the pediatrician. Yikes about the scar tissue. There are a lot of scars from our little ones' NICU days besides the ones you'd think of, like PDA ligation scars. Andrew has one from a lead that must have been too tight on his belly.

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My daughter also has a bump on her forehead from the CPAP! In the NICU, at first, it was wound, then a scab. As she's grown at home, it's turned into a bump! I hate it. I'm obsessed with it. She's so beautiful and has the softest skin, and I see the bump as this foreign object that's not supposed to be there! Someone told me to massage it out everyday and put moisturizer on it. I'm considering going to a dermatologist to see what can be done.

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Now I'm wondering of the CPAP bump is really a hemangioma. Or a combination of both a scar and a hemangioma. Like the hemangioma found a place--the scar--to grow under because the skin was vulnerable. Her bump is often red. It's small. Maybe the size of a pea. Courtaney, have they mentioned treatment? They said it would go away, when? My other daughter has a PDA ligation scar on her back. What I'm noticing now, as they grow, are little scars along their legs and arms because of IVs and PIC lines. Their heals are also getting these little white bumps. I imagine this is from constantly getting blood gases checked. I'm having a hard time seeing these appear. They weren't there before. These war wounds are sad. Sigh.

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Lucas had a hemangioma on the back right side of his head. It first appeared as a red spot just before he was discharged from the NICU around day 45. I initially thought it was a mark left from a scalp vein IV attempt. After he was home it started getting bigger. The pediatrician confirmed it was a cavernous hemangioma. Normally they start appearing after the first month, grow (sometimes quit large) then they get reabsorbed. If they are causing a problem (such as blocking an eye) they can do surgery, steroids or a combination of the two. However most of the time you do nothing which is what we did with Lucas. Here are a few pictures taken during the first year. After that it slowly started getting smaller and his hair covered it mostly. The last picture was taken this year. Lucas got his first buzz cut because now at 3.75 years I'm the only one who can make out a slight outline of where it was and even I have to be very very close to make it out.
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Havengirlsmama, it could be one. Normally they are pretty red when on the skin. Andrew's largest ones that are observable on his skin are pea-sized, but he has several that big or maybe half that big on his back and one each on his lower leg, arm, chest, and neck. And then he has some even smaller ones too. The largest now is the one on his head but it's nowhere near as big as Lucas's was...wow, his really grew. They do say they can be quite large, but someone told me most of the growing is very early on, so that if Andrew's aren't huge now they shouldn't ever be, same with your daughter's if it is one. Andrew's biological half-sister has a large one on her stomach, but it began to turn black before she was four, and I think has started to dissolve. They go away without you doing anything, eventually, like Lucas's mom said...I have heard age five is average for that to happen by, but it can be anywhere from one up through elementary school.

One of the Jon and Kate twins, I believe it was Cara, had a large one on her face, but it was totally gone by the time the show was on regularly. I saw it in some old videos/photos they showed of them as babies. I am glad Andrew doesn't have any on his face...he does have one on the back of his neck and a speck one on his forehead, but you don't notice that much. Actually, he does have one on his face technically...on his bottom lip, right at the bottom center of it, but thankfully it isn't that noticeable either. It was like the perfect spot to have one if he had to on his face...and perfectly symmetrical at the bottom center of the lip. I used to try rubbing it early on because they do say that can help them go away...he had one on his foot , a tiny one, that I think all the rubbing from his sleepers helped go away...I haven't noticed it in a while anyway.

Aflickrn, wow, what a big difference in Lucas's now! I can't tell it was even there! So they got smaller after he turned one? That's cool...hopefully Andrew's will start going the other way soon too. I haven't noticed any but the one on his head getting bigger in recent months but he has so much hair that no one notices. I just kept fearing it would keep growing or we'd get more of them.

They always counted up his hemangiomas in the hospital...I think the count was 8 when we became involved in his NICU stay. They said if it's more than 5 or 7 (I forget which), they like to do a head ultrasound to make sure none are growing inside, on the brain! I didn't know that was possible. They did the ultrasound in late July and he was fine. I didn't notice the scalp one until he was close to 2 weeks adjusted, although it may have been there sooner. It seemed to grow rapidly in the beginning. But now he has that other scalp one too. Hopefully his will start drying up soon too. When he has his hernia surgery, his ENT is going to check his throat out for a hemangioma...he said it's something they like to do if they see any in the "beard" area...like on his lip. So he's doing that while he's already on anesthesia for something else...I wouldn't have wanted to put him under for something like that if we didn't think there was a problem.

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Yes, Lucas' got quit large and grew fast that first year. His hair wasn't thick enough to cover it. I was forever being asked how he got such a nasty boo boo when we went out or someone saw it in a picture :(. I was relieved when it started shrinking a little and his hair was thick enough to start covering it. It was his only one. Now the redness and swelling is gone and I'm the only one that can make out a faint pink outline of where it was. When he got his hair buzzed the barber didn't notice anything.

Basicly a hemangioma is a collection of unusual veins. It can happen anywhere although on the skin is the most common. That was one of my concerns when Lucas crawled on all 4 for 2 days then started dragging the left side. Not that PVL is good, but I was so relieved it wasn't a hemangioma in his brain. It is more likely when there are several on the skin, but even one large one made it a possibility.

I hope all goes well with Andrew's surgery and his ENT finds no hemangiomas :)

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I looked it up. Now I'm pretty sure she doesn't have one. The bump is more the color of her skin than reddish. Sometimes it's pink. I do think it's scar tissue that built up from the abrasion. I don't know if this is better or worse because I don't know if scar tissue goes away. Thanks.

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My friends preemie had a hemangioma at his jaw line and it got so big it interfered with his weight gain, head control, and may have caused permanent hearing damage... It is easliy treated with a class of medications called beta blockers. They had to do a MRI to verify what it was.

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My little girl's bump is not red, but the pediatrician is sending her for an xray...but i just found one hard as rock behind her ear.. thank u for replying, it's a big lumpy knot. hmm. hopefully its just a cyst but its gotten so much bigger and we didnt notice it in the ISCU and neither did the nurses so we're not too sure.

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