What is it?

An infantile haemangioma is the most common type of birthmark in babies. It usually appears a few weeks after birth and fades over time. The haemangioma may be a bright red strawberry colour.

Haemangiomas often appear on the scalp and face. They can also show up on the chest or back. Most don’t need treatment.

Haemangiomas are more common in premature babies.

Most haemangiomas disappear on their own. Around half have disappeared by the time a child starts school. Ninety-five per cent disappear by age 10.

Complications aren’t common. Some haemangiomas may bleed or affect vision. In rare cases, a haemangioma may need treatment with medication or laser surgery.