Hemangiomas are benign growths on the surface of the skin. They may not be apparent at birth, but they grow pretty quickly during infancy. The good news? Hemangiomas stop growing by about a year or so and then start diminishing at about age two.
They can vary in the way they look, from a tiny raised red fleshy-looking thing to quite an extensive bump that seems to extend above and beyond the surface of the skin. Strawberry hemangiomas (they look like strawberries) are made up of capillary cells; about 12 percent of kids have them by the time they're one. They usually develop a few weeks after birth on the head, neck, or trunk.
Hemangiomas are harmless unless they are too near the eyeball, impairing the child's vision so that her brain stops using the eye.
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