What information on infantile hemangiomas is available for parents/caregivers?

Updated: Feb 06, 2019
  • Author: Richard J Antaya, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Educating parents about the variable natural history, prognosis, risks, and benefits of potential treatments and possible complications is essential. [41] Emotional support should be offered for parents of children with severe or complicated hemangiomas. Birthmarks: A Guide to Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations by Milton Waner, MD, a book for parents and caregivers of children with vascular lesions, can be quite helpful. The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation is a useful source for accurate information for patients and family members. The Yale Infantile Hemangioma Web site provides photos depicting the natural progression of infantile hemangiomas over the course of years. Use of educational tools like this can assist in alleviating caregiver concern, while improving understanding of the natural progression. [42]


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