Strawberry marks appear after birth, usually in the first month, and can occur anywhere
on the skin. They are more of a problem when they affect the face or nappy area.
They are a benign overgrowth of blood vessels in the skin, and are made up of cells
that usually form the inner lining of blood vessels. They are thought to occur as
a result of a localised imbalance in factors controlling the development of blood
Strawberry marks affect as many as one in ten newborn Caucasian babies but only about
1% of Asian and black children have them. They are particularly common in premature
babies. Strawberry marks are not a sign of ill health, or associated with cancer.
There are many myths that can be discounted and parents should not feel responsible
if their child develops one.
Strawberry marks are soft raised swellings on the skin, often with a bright red surface,
and some may look a bit like a strawberry. They are also known as ‘strawberry naevi’
or as ‘infantile haemangiomas’.