Topical gel better for infant haemangiomas

Topical timolol gel is an effective and more acceptable alternative to oral propranolol for treating infantile haemangiomas, Sydney dermatologists have shown.

A gel formulation of the non-selective beta blocker is particularly suitable for smaller, superficial lesions where the use of oral propranolol is not justified because of the risk of side effects such as hypotension and hypoglycaemia, the researchers say.

In a small trial involving 19 infants treated with