I am so glad that people are finding my son’s story and getting these things checked out on their own children! I posted about it for that reason, because there isn’t much info out there and I wanted others to at least have our story to think about.
With that said I have to say that although I would love to email each and everyone about the birthmark, I just get too many requests for information to keep up with them all. All the information I have is in this post with links at the bottom. Please, if your child has one of these birthmarks, talk to your doctor about having it removed and at what time would be best. We chose sooner rather than later for family reasons…if your child is still very young only your doctor can let you know if it needs to be taken off now or if it can wait until later.
About his birthmark:
He was born with it (hence a birthmark) and it looked like some kind of a burn scar on the back of his head, but more of a salmon pink than the white color of a scar. We didn’t think much about it for 3.5 yrs, but then the pedi decided we should get it checked out. He did not send us to a dermatologist…he sent us to a pediatric plastic surgeon. I am not sure which is better, all I do know is that the surgeon made it clear we would need to have it taken off within the next few years. The sooner the better as it could turn into cancer later on.
About his surgery:
He had the surgery to remove it on April 25th. The surgery went well, they gave him something to kinda knock him out before they took him back to prep him for surgery. He didn’t know what was going on when it all happened so it was actually harder on us seeing him wheeled away than it was on him. The only bad part was when he woke up he didn’t like the IV in his arm and of course it is weird waking up from anesthesia. However, he was fine once they took the IV out and was *trying* to play the rest of the day even though he could barely walk from the drug after effects (anesthesia can stay in your system for a day or two).
The only issues we had with the surgery was he fell a week and a half later on the playground and kinda opened the incision a little. It got infected (just superficial, like you would expect on a paper cut) so it took longer to heal and now the scar isn’t a thin line but a thick scar on the back of his head. Again, that had more to do with him falling and getting it dirty and open again than the surgery itself. It doesn’t look bad, but there will always be a mark on the back of his head where hair doesn’t grow. That is fine because even if we hadn’t had the surgery he would have still had a mark on the back of his head…at least now we don’t have to worry about it turning into cancer.
He is doing well and doesn’t even worry about his head. Again, he will have a scar there, but it is better than cancer later on. Besides, he is a boy and can make up elaborate stories about how he got the scar.
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