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Old 04-16-2004, 05:46 AM
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Default Should I be worried?

Hi! My name is Tina and my husband, Mike, and I have four children. Branden (9), Bailey (6), Nathaniel (4) and Megan (2). The first three children are boys are were born "perfect/normal". Then came our daughter. She was born very healthy and perfect, but the first thing I noticed when she was born was her arm was purple. The first thing I asked was 'Is she okay? What's wrong with her arm?' The nurse said they thought it was a birthmark and they were keeping an eye on it. That was all I ever heard about it. We took her to all her checkups and even extra ones when she was diagnosed with lead poisoning. Nothing was ever said about the birthmark; it was never given a "name". But someone did ask me one time if it was a Port Wine Stain and I had no idea what that was. Knowing nothing about birthmarks, I didn't think anything about Megan's birthmark because it was on her arm. I just thought that she would be fine. My mother-in-law, however, wanted us to have it removed while she was still an infant. We couldn't justify doing that to her since it really wasn't that bad. The birthmark covers her pinkie, part of her ring finger, and about half of her left hand. Then it goes up her left arm to her arm pit; but it doesn't cover her arm as one solid mark. It is more "spotted"-like. It is a light/medium pink color. It seemed like it was lightening up a bit, but now I'm not sure. It gets very dark purple when she gets cold, and especially after a bath. This last winter it seemed to be dark alot (we live in NE Wisconsin). Recently we have noticed that it is starting to raise a bit and it is starting to get a textured surface. I wasn't really concerned about it before, but after reading things here, I am wondering if we should have it looked at by a specialist and diagnosed as a type of birthmark.

It doesn't seem to affect the use of her arm. In fact, she sometimes uses her left hand to write/color and eat with a fork/spoon. I can't tell if she's right or left-handed.

But I am wondering if I should have concerns.

Thanks for listening,
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