consist of clusters of small and immature blood vessels, with strawberry-like appearance. For the first several months of life, haemangiomas may grow at a fast rate, before slowing down at around 6-18 months of age.
In most cases, haemangiomas slowly shrink over time and do not require treatment. Some babies with haemangiomas may benefit from treatment with propranolol. These include haemangiomas which interfere with breathing, feeding, vision, hearing, or where the top layer of the skin has come off (ulceration).
Propranolol is thought to narrow existing vessels in the haemangioma and reduce blood flow through them. Propranolol inhibits growth of new blood vessels, allowing the colour to fade and become softer.