What Are Hemangiomas?

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2. Infantile Hemangiomas

Parents may refer to these common hemangiomas as birthmarks, although they form after birth. Typically, they first appear as a light red mark a few weeks to a few months after birth. But they grow quickly over the first year of life. Girls experience these masses three to five times more often than boys.

Infantile hemangiomas generally shrink away by the child’s fifth birthday. Sometimes, scar tissue remains. Because they normally fade away naturally, infantile hemangiomas usually don’t require treatment. Exceptions may occur when complications arise.

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