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A hemangioma is a pink, bluish or red birthmark that grows during the first few months after birth and recedes over time. By age 10, a child who had a hemangioma in infancy may retain only a mark of the growth. This birthmark is also called an infantile hemangioma.

Treatment isn't usually required for most hemangiomas. But your doctor may suggest medication or laser treatments for a hemangioma that is fast growing or threatens some aspect of a child's form or ability to function. If your child has more than one, your doctor may want to examine your child for the possibility of internal hemangiomas.

Problems are more likely to arise if the growth is:

  • Near the eye, which can cause difficulty with vision
  • In the throat, which can cause difficulty breathing
  • Near the mouth, which can cause difficulty with feeding
  • Becoming an open wound (ulcerated)
  • Large and on the face, neck or scalp
  • One of several