“Uh oh! Someone has a boo-boo!” She leans in and exclaims in one of those annoying, uber baby voices. I know she means well, but it gets a little tiring listening to a broken record.
“What happened to her forehead?”
“Did she bump her head?”
“Did you punch her in the eye already?” No Grandma*, I did not punch my baby in the eye…already.
It’s a hemangioma. Ruby was born with one above her right eyebrow. According to her pediatrician, they grow for the first six months or so and typically go away on their own over the next several years.
We’re treating Ruby’s for a couple reasons. It grew rapidly in the first two months of her life, and it’s close to her eye. Our pediatrician was concerned it would interfere with her eyesight if it continued to grow at the same rate.
Fortunately, treatment is simple. We apply glaucoma eye drops (of all things) topically twice a day. This started about 3 months ago, and the color has dulled considerably since then. We just had a follow up appointment with the dermatologist this week, and she says it looks great.
So relax, stranger. We’re responsible parents who keep a close eye on our baby. No one has a boo-boo.