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Corticosteroid Medicine for Children

Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.

Treatment for hemangiomas depends on their size, location, and how severe they are. Small hemangiomas often shrink on their own. These usually don’t need treatment.

If your child has a hemangioma near his or her eyes or airway, it may need to be treated. Your child’s healthcare provider may suggest the following:  

  • Steroid medicines
  • Injection into the hemangioma (blood vessel embolization)
  • Laser or surgical removal

Treatment for vascular malformations depends on the type of malformation. If your child has a large or life-threatening growth, he or she may need a team of doctors. These can include plastic surgeons, skin doctors (dermatologists), eye doctors (ophthalmologists), and other specialists. Your child may need a combination of treatments. These may include:

  • Laser therapy. This is used for port wine stains.
  • Injection into the vascular malformation. This is used for arterial malformations.
  • Injection of a clotting (sclerosing) medicine. This is used for venous malformations.