Laser without anesthesia?
I have not been on here in a few months. We have a 9-month old daughter who was born with a segmental hemangioma on her face (beard distribution). Thanks to an aggressive treatment with steroids for the first six months, and then propranolol, which she is still taking, she is doing quite well.
She is being treated by the dermatology team at UCSF, and we have been offered laser treatment without anesthesia starting at 10 months. While we'd love to go ahead and do the treatments, we are a bit nervous about doing so without anesthesia.
Have any of you done this, and how did the child handle it? Was there any lingering trauma? Our daughter suffers from serious reflux apart from the hemangioma, and she has some feeding refusal issues, so we are nervous about doing stuff too close to her mouth that could worsen the refusal.
Any insights would be appreciated. I attach a picture from when she was a couple of months old, and one taken just a few days ago, since I know many parents on here want to see changes effected by steroids and propranolol; the hemangioma looks a bit paler on the recent picture than in real life, but the difference from when she was smaller is still very noticeable.