Strawberry Hemangiomas Birth Marks – Causes and When to Consult a Doctor

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Written by Aparna Hari

Aparna Hari

Her experience in impactful writing combined with her background in Home Sciences makes Aparna the perfect candidate for content writing in the pregnancy and parenting niche.

Strawberry Hemangiomas

Strawberry hemangiomas or infantile hemangiomas is a common condition in newborns and younger babies. This condition, in general, does not impose any threat to the little body. Yet, Strawberry hemangiomas in a severe location can impair infants’ vision.

Although infants usually don’t need medical attention for infantile Hemangiomas, it can get severe in some rare conditions. Here are some factors and details about Strawberry hemangiomas. So, this condition cannot cause other complications for your little angel.

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What Are Strawberry Hemangiomas?

Strawberry hemangioma is a medical term for a condition. It’s when a newborn gets a red birthmark after birth. It’s solely common in infants and harmless unless it accommodates in a bigger size. Surgery can always be daunting. And you have to be extra cautious to remove that harmless birthmark from the baby’s body.

In rare cases like cosmetics reasons, doctors suggest surgery or treatment.

Causes of Infantile Hemangiomas

In general, there is no real cause behind this condition. Experts haven’t discovered any risk factors to decrease or increase the odds of developing this condition. It generally occurs when extra blood vessels huddle together and forges a red-tinted spot. There is usually nothing to worry about.

Signs and Symptoms of Strawberry Hemangiomas

Symptoms of Strawberry Hemangiomas

Infantile hemangiomas cause common symptoms on the baby’s body, depending on the size and location. If they grow large or in a sensitive area, the symptoms can be adverse to tolerate. And it can be a sign of multiple  hemangiomas.

Where Do Strawberry Hemangiomas Usually Appear in Babies?

Here are the most common spots where this condition can appear.

1. On the Skin

Usually, infantile hemangiomas occur on the skin. It develops due to an abnormal accumulation of blood vessels in a specific body area. Even experts are not sure about the cause. They assume it happens due to certain protein production in the placenta while the baby develops in the womb.

Generally, the growths appear on the subcutaneous layer. It’s the top layer of the skin. It seems like a birthmark in the first place. And, gradually, the mark starts to protrude upward from the skin.

2. On the Liver

Strawberry hemangiomas can appear on the liver’s surface. They can be related to or not to infantile hemangiomas. Due to excess estrogen levels, babies can develop hemangiomas in the liver.

3. Other Areas

These growths can also appear on the colon, brain, and kidney areas and compress other organs of the youngster’s body.

Do Strawberry Hemangiomas Disappear in Babies?

As per a few studies and research, Strawberry hemangiomas in infants shrink over and fade away on their own. This is a harmless and painless condition in babies and younger children. Even though the growths may seem dangerous and harmful, they rarely cause any functional impairments.

According to some stats, almost 90% of the marks fade away before the child is even 10 years old. Parents should not worry about the condition. However, if these are positioned in an extreme location on the body, they can cause vision impairment or other physical disorders, the doctor may decide to perform a surgery.

When to Consult Your Doctor?

mom and baby with doctor

If you find your child or infant to have any adverse side effects, you must consult the pediatrician on time. The doctor will suggest further treatment or even surgery if needed.

However, there are several signs and symptoms through which you can diagnose if the condition is mild or severe. These days, doctors recommend laser surgery as an effective treatment option.

Some common symptoms are:

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • A feeling of fullness or less hunger
  • Discomfort in the abdomen area

These days, doctors recommend laser surgery as an effective treatment option. Other treatment options include administering beta-blockers, or surgical removal.

Infantile hemangiomas in babies and younger kids are common until they cause severe functional impairments. They are usually harmless. However, you should always be careful. And consult a doctor for better understanding and timely precautions.

FAQ’s

1. Is Strawberry Hemangiomas Harmful?

Generally, Strawberry hemangiomas are not harmful and do not cause any side effects. However, if the baby feels vomiting, nausea, or is less hungry, you must consult a pediatrician for treatments.

2. Does Strawberry Hemangiomas Go Away?

Strawberry hemangioma is a common condition in babies. It causes a red birthmark-like sign that generally isn’t harmful. Eventually, the mark fades away by the time the child’s 10 years old.

3. When Do Strawberry Hemangiomas Stop Growing?

When the baby reaches 6 to 9 months, Strawberry hemangiomas stop enlarging or bulging on the skin.

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Aparna Hari,MBA in Marketing,P.G. Diploma in Human Resource Management from IGNOU Bachelor of Sciences (Home Science) from Nagarjuna University

Her experience in impactful writing combined with her background in Home Sciences makes Aparna the perfect candidate for content writing in the pregnancy and parenting niche.Read more.

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