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A hemangioma is a common pink, bluish or red birthmark that grows during the first few months after birth, usually on the head, neck, arm or leg. It tends to recede over time. By age 10, a child who had a hemangioma in infancy may retain only a mark of the growth. This birthmark is sometimes called strawberry or cherry 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.
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