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Also known as port wine stains or strawberry haemangiomas, these are non-cancerous, vascular skin lesions. These usually appear in the first month after birth and can grow very quickly for about 8 months. Haemangiomas generally start to fade and become smaller after 2-10 years of age but usually do not disappear completely. Treatment is not usually recommended unless the haemangioma is causing problems such as bleeding, feeding or breathing difficulties or impairing vision. Recommended treatments depend on the type and location of the haemangioma and include medication, laser treatment and surgery. If surgery is required, it usually does not require an overnight stay in hospital.