Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day of Learning

Today was uneventful. Completely and utterly uneventful. So I've decided that today I will have a biology lesson. Our lesson today will be on hemangiomas. They are a fairly common occurrence amongst newborns, yet I had personally never heard of them before the birth of Mr. Munch.

A hemangioma is a collection of blood vessels and cells that are not needed for the basic functions of the human body. They are extra, leftover from when the baby was forming in utero. There are a couple of different kinds. Any kind can be dangerous if located near vital organs or on the head. Mr. Munch's are not dangerous, however, don't worry.

The first is the cavernous hemangioma, or deep hemangioma.
Mr. Munch has had this one since birth.

The next kind is the capillary hemangioma. These are the most common and are on the surface of the body as opposed to the deep hemangioma.

This one developed around week 6.

This one showed up at 2 1/2 weeks.

Multiple pediatricians (and med students) have looked at Mr. Munch's hemangiomas. All are normal, benign, and should disappear or turn into birth marks by age 10 at the latest. None of them are painful or bother Mr. Munch in anyway. They get bigger before they start to shrink and disappear. Mama and Daddy Munch have already noticed this in all of the hemangiomas, so hopefully over the next couple of years they will go away.

Now, for the official cute picture of the day. You know how you feel after a delicious Thanksgiving feast?

Bedtime bottle. Soooo yummy...

Believe it or not, Mr. Munch is sound asleep in this picture. I checked.

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