mongolian spots on babies

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My daughter is 7 months old and mixed black/white. She has mongolian spots on alot of parts of her body. but the main spots are on her butt,back, and her arms and they look like large bruises. Im always so scared of taking her to daycare of having other people watch her because they may think im abusing her. I always tell people when they watch her about mongolian spots on babies. Does anyone elses child have this?

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Lola - posted on 12/02/2012

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Hey I'm 16 and I still have my mongolian blue spot, less 5% of children have them after puberty, mine is at the top of my spine and both my parents are fully white, I still don't have a clue how I ended up with one because there is no known relative with one past or present, so I'm guessing it came somewhere from our ancestors :p I just joined this to post, I don't actually have a child

Robyn - posted on 04/16/2012

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My Son is now 2 years old.. he has mongolian spots on his butt/back and one that wrapped around his ankle.. i am white and my husband his hispanic. many people have asked me if they were bruises...and yes it makes you feel so akward hearing that... lol.. the doctor says that sometimes they fade away.. the one on my sons ankle is much less noticeable now than it use to be but the one on his butt/back is still there...

Suzanne - posted on 02/16/2012

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I'm 24 and when I was a baby one day my mum noticed what she thought was bruising on my shoulder, being a good mum she took me straight to the doctors and got them to look at me, wondering how the hell it happened. They diagnosed me with a port wine stain but instead of it being red/purple as they are normally it was more blue/purple like in darker skinned babies.



I have googled and researched into my port wine stain before and only found info/photos on the red/purple colouring. Today I stumbled onto Mongolian Spots and I'm wondering if thats what I really have. The colour fits better, the fact it gets darker when I'm more emotional fits better, the fact its under my skin rather than rasied fits better, it's on my sholder which could fit either.



Anyway back to the point, I've had it since I was a baby, it hasnt faded and I still have it aged 24. Its not hindered me in any way and its hardly noticable. Oh to mention I'm fully white too (which happens in only 10% of babies with M Spots). Normally if you explain to people what it is they tend to accept it without too much hastle. Try not to worry and good luck :)

Eileen - posted on 05/23/2014

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My brother was born with a Mongolian Spot in 1951. We are of Irish-German descent. The pediatrician told my mother it was a Mongolian Spot. We just had DNA done and sure enough we are 3% Caucasian or Mongol. Also 2 % Spanish Iberian . We know Mongols invaded Spain, we know Spain traded with Western Ireland, we know we are 38% Irish - and my brother got the spot and lives in USA. GENES folks, genes.

Shontel - posted on 12/06/2013

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Im 32 and I still have my Mongolian birthmark on my left butt cheek. I didn't know what it was until I read some of your comments. I'm Puerto Rican Indian and French thanks everyone :-)

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Susy - posted on 08/05/2014

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My son has a lot. He has it all over his back and his buns. One on his ankle and arm. People always ask if they are bruies. I hate it! At first they were green but now they look grey. I'm kinda concerned that they won't go away.

Kala - posted on 06/02/2014

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Yes my son does on his butt he will be 3 on June 17th it used to be huge and now its not as big. It will stay there for life or will start to go away after time passes but at 7 months you have a ways to go. Your day care should be knowledged to know of this especially if they are not white because almost all races have this.

KikiWolfgramm - posted on 01/28/2014

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Hey all..
This post really intrigued me because I have Mongolian spots my mother told me I was born covered in them I am of Tongan & German decent. None of my brothers or sisters ever had them so I guess I was just lucky lol. My spots faded as I grew older now I only have two spots one on my shoulder & another on my left butt cheek.I've researched some info it states that the spots that don't fade after puberty are yours for life! I wanted to know if you could get them removed which is what les me to this post but im not fussed it has never been a problem for me or even noticeable anymore. Both my children came out with them which made me become more interested to know what they were because my partner & my midwife had no idea what these blue marks were on my firstborn until another Midwife who had them herself had explained them to us all. I guess its a mystery maybe a secret as to why just some of us no matter the race have blue marks in the same areas of our bodies...I like to tell everyone that my kids & I are part Navi (Avatar) just to cut the ice :)

Kilah - posted on 09/17/2012

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My son is 1 yrs old puerto rican, native american, caucasion mix and he has one on his tail bone area. Day care mentioned to my mother about him always having a bruised butt! I'm furious right now, they should be educated enough to know better.

Jen - posted on 05/31/2012

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My girls were both extremely premature. When I first changed my youngest's diaper she had mongolian spots on her tailbone and her butt cheek. I thought they didn't clean her well enough and I flipped out. They explained what they were and made sure to document them in her medical records. We have always had them documented in medical records so that my back is covered. I never had any problems.

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My son is mixed black/white and had a big spot on his butt when he was born. I asked his pediatrician about it and he explained to me what it was and to let his sitters know about it. He is 17 months now and I had actually forgotten that he had it until I saw your post. I can't see it on him anymore. It is probably a mixture of fading of the spot and darkening of his skin. Hopefully your baby's spots will do the same over time.

Torey - posted on 04/18/2012

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I'm joining in on this one :) I swear my son had a green booty when he was born due to all the mongolian spots :) he also had them on his upper back and one little one on his ankle. All of the back ones are gone now (2 yrs later) and his butt ones have shrunk into one small spot, the little ankle one is not as dark.

TINA - posted on 04/06/2012

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My daughter has a huge one on her upper butt ...? I had to warn her father about it before hand because he had never heard of it. LOL Just know that most child care providers know about them. If you are really concerned then you should go to your dr and have them right you a note regarding this issue. It will make you feel better and give you less to worry about.

Laural - posted on 04/05/2012

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My daughter is half Asian and has a light spot on her upper forehead. It has faded a little with age. If she is a teen and wants it gone, a trip to the dermatologist's office and a laser treatment or two will remove it -- just like they can get rid of birthmarks. For now, we are not going to worry about it. Hopefully it fades away on its own.

Laura - posted on 01/15/2012

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My now 10 1/2 year old had Mongolian spots as a baby/toddler. I made sure they were documented in her medical records (with photos) and told the daycare and her preschool teachers about them. The only "problem" I had was Grandma (mine) insisting that "someone was hurting that baby" . She has alzheimer's. Mom told her it was a birthmark...and we don't use physical punishment.

Kysha - posted on 10/18/2011

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Of couse and she will for a while. My daughter is six and they just went away. Don't worry!

Cassidy - posted on 10/10/2011

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I am an adult that once had mongolian spots. I remember by the time I was 7 I didn't have them...

Brianne - posted on 10/07/2011

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My oldest son never had them but my youngest does. I was also very nervous when he was born because I too thought people would think I was abusing him! I asked the doctor about them and she said they would fade over time ... And they have! They no longer look like bruises but more like birthmarks now.

Angela - posted on 10/06/2011

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My 4 year old and my 2 year old daughters both have them. My oldest has a small one on her tailbone. My 2 year old seriously has a purple butt!! I made sure that they were in their medical records. My 2 year old seriously looks like she abused!

User - posted on 10/05/2011

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my grandson has the exact same marks n near his butt & tail bone they are worse. I think the same thing because they are up his back and on his arm... its scary...

Deborah - posted on 06/30/2010

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My son has them, the largest is on his butt, and the back of his thigh all the way at the top. I always told people about them too, but the good news is they fade as the child ages, I've heard that by school age the spots will be barely noticeable. I understand about not wanting people to judge you, but as long as you explain it to the people that care for him things will be okay.

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My daughter has a mongolian spots on her lower back.. She's 2 1/2 years old now and you can barely see them.. :)

Anna - posted on 06/25/2010

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My daughter is almost 4 months old and has three spots on her lower back and butt. I always point them out to people because not a lot of people even know what they are. I know I didn't until the doctor pointed them out to be while we were in the hospital after I had her. He did say that they might fade but will always be there. I think I will have my doctor document her spots too from reading other post it just seems to make sense to do that in case anything comes up.

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Just tell them what it is and most people will right away understand! My son has a large one on and slightly above one side of his bum, but unless he's totally but naked in good sun light, you probably wouldn't notice! Infact so far I'm the only one who has.

Jessica - posted on 06/25/2010

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Yeah mongolian spots are so normal in mixed babies... My little girl has them on her butt. Her papi is Mexican and i'm white. Anybody that is in the medical field knows what they are... :) I had the same worry but the doctor said not to :)

Shirley - posted on 06/24/2010

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yes the first time i took her to the doctor he asked if she was bi-racial, thank god because they do look like bruises.she has them on her back and on her upper thigh.he said alot of bi-racial children had them

Kristina - posted on 06/24/2010

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all mixed babys have the booty green it will go away as they get older my son is 2 and its just now going the rest away

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I am Asian and my husband is white. The first time my inlaws watched my daughter they thought she had bruised from the carseat she was in. When we came back they sat us down and told us they had bad news.. some how our 2 month old had gotten a huge bruise on her butt. My husband and I burst out laughing. She turns 2 this weekend and she still has it across one butt cheek.

Dena - posted on 06/23/2010

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I have a 14 year old (black/white) who has had them since birth. They are on his back and though the color has faded over the years the size of them have increased as he's gotten older. He thinks they're cool.

Lori - posted on 05/20/2010

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yes all mixed babies have them and they out grow them and they are very different than bruises. they look very different than a real bruise. stop worrying about them and if the day care has issues then show them what and where they are so they will know the difference from them and the real bruises if she falls or something

Cheryl - posted on 05/18/2010

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Yes, and my son looked very much the same. Actually he is full-Korean, and had a lot of Mongolian spots. I printed out something from the web, made copies and distributed them out to daycare, church, etc. Seemed to help. Hope this helps you, too!

Jessie - posted on 05/18/2010

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hi,
yes both of my kids have them and I feel the same way. but most people now a days know about them soo now im starting to feel a little more comfortable about them. I talked to their doctor about this and he said that people can tell the difference, cause the mongolian marks are faded in the body and not swollen and a bruise is and it would be sore when they touch them and again when you touch the marks they dont hurt, so i would try not to worry about it too much!!!!nice to know there is other people out there with the same feelings as me...lol

Catherine - posted on 05/18/2010

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One more thing....my sister 100% latina at 40 still has her Mongolian birth mark. I think we Parents make more of a big deal about it than the kids actually will.

Catherine - posted on 05/18/2010

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True, can be humiliating, however I just turn it around. Say "wow, have you not heard about the Mongolian birth mark? It's really common with dark skin....hmm I'm surprised".

Catherine - posted on 05/18/2010

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The mongolian mark is normally seen only on the butt. I'll bet she has something called ashy dermatosis on the rest. I've been to many specialists to diagnose and treat. The spots have been around since my daughter was 3. She is now 6, mixed latino and african blood It's should go away "they say". A good care giver should know what mongolian birth mark looks like. Good thing for us Mothers with children that have this is that they document it when they are born. If you baby is happy then it will be obvious that she is not abused.

Carly - posted on 05/16/2010

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i got questioned about my daughters Mongolian spots at her daycare...right in front of other parents. i will admit it was a little bit embarrassing...not too sure why...

Margaret - posted on 05/16/2010

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My daughter is 5 months old now and her spots have faded some since birth. I have had a few nurses and med students accuse me of abuse but to someone who has no knowledge of mongolian spots they do look just like bruises. I did not however think to have my doctor document them. I'm going to get that taken care of on her next appt.

Maureen - posted on 05/16/2010

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yes I have a son who now is almost 3 and he still has them on his butt and i talked with a child advocate and she suggested my son's dr make a record of it so if he was to stsrt daycare people who would suggest abuse and call child protective services would be able to contact the dr and he would already have it documented in his chart.good luck

Laura - posted on 05/16/2010

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My daughter had them too, in fact she still has one on her butt... She is 2 years old and mixed with Black, white, Ecuadorian, and Italian... From what I was told by my doctor, they are normal in mixed kids, being black and white myself, I still have mine...

Nicole - posted on 05/15/2010

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As I understand it, Mongoloan spots are common on mixed-race babies. My daughter is Irish-American/Pilipina-American and had a big bluish one at the base of her back/top of her butt from when I brought her home at 14 months to several years later. It looked like a bruise and most of the time I didn't notice it. Most people caring for her never mentioned it, but if I remembered, I would point it out. If your caregivers are used to mixed babies, they shouldn't be confused by them, especially since as they get to know her, they will see that the "bruises" neither heal nor move. They should fade over time. Good luck!

Carly - posted on 05/15/2010

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thats funny you should say this..my daughter is white/mexican...she also has mongolian spots but only on her butt and back...looks exactly like huge bruises...i was worried about taking her to daycare....before i enrolled her i made sure to mention my concerns to her doctor so that i had proof....but i am sure if you just show them or tell them before leaving your child there, they will know....from what i hear, a lot of mixed children get them

and dont be worried about it, people will think what they want, but in your heart you know what they are...they will fade with time, or so i am told haha

Krista - posted on 05/15/2010

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My 16 month old son (mix white and chinese) has them (a large one on his butt and a one that goes from his back to the front on his left side.) He had one on his arm but it is very light now. I didn't let the daycare know. They didn't have any concerns about it. Actually 1 of the girls said he had a large birthmark. When I have told people about the Mongolian Spots they look at me funny so I just say birthmarks that fade. Doctors can tell the difference between bruises and the spots. We switched doctors and she knew right away.

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Thank you so much for your feedback everyone! its a relief to know i am not the only one worried about this! it just scared me when she was first born due to the fact i had never heard of this, i hope they fade as she gets older!

Dawn - posted on 05/14/2010

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My daughter has one on her tailbone. I always mention it to the doctor when examining her. I don't want them to think it is a bruise.

Brei - posted on 05/14/2010

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i had those spots every where as a child and they all went away don't worry about it.

Amanda - posted on 05/14/2010

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My kids have these and I'm also a toddler teacher. Most teachers know about them already. I learned what they were from my job. All the kids at my school that are a mix of white and some type of asian or islander have them and it is typically bottom and back areas that I have seen. Many different looking then others. They got lighter when my kids got older.

Kim - posted on 05/14/2010

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You are okay, mom! Make sure you take your daughter to the doctor to document her spots. It's ok, her butt will not be blue forever. Around 2 or 3, it goes away! Trust me I am a mom of 4 children and they all had it. I am biracial and my husband is from Africa. People should not be investigating you until they have spoken to a black worker or a physician. The children are born like that. I thought it was cute and soon it started to disappear. Good luck!

Manige - posted on 05/13/2010

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Mongolian spots are exclusive to babies with more melanin. Kind of like stork bites usually appear on babies with fare skin. A simple explanation should suffice. Also have you pediatrician document the location and size of the mongolian spots so that if there ever is an accusation, you can prove that they were there longer than a bruise would have lasted. Also try and choose care providers that ARE brown so they already know the difference.
My 2 1/2-1/2 black 1/2 white daughter had one on her butt which has since disappeared. She also has a stork bite on the nape of her neck, and all her birthmarks are void of pigment.

Krystal - posted on 05/13/2010

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I was told that they go away as they get older, but my step sister - whom is 10 still has hers.
And my son has one on his lower back right above his bum too.

Marcia - posted on 05/12/2010

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Oh yes my son was born with lots of mongolian spots! His entire butt is black and blue! He has two spots on both ankles, on one top of his arms a spot on his hand. Yet they are fading though except for the big one on his butt. I hope to God it fades. Like I worry about stupidness like what are girls gonna think?? LOL!! I too also worry about people thinking I abuse him. But no one has really said anything.

Sabrina - posted on 05/12/2010

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My son is 20 and as far as I know he still has his spot but it is on his bottom so no one see it. I must first explain I am adopted and have no idea of my ethnicity. My son is deffinately a black/white mix, but my daughter are of me and white father. They did not have the spots but my youngest daughter has two girls that came from her and a white father and both grandaughters have the mongolian spots on their bottoms. As far as what to tell people, because most white people don't know about the spots is to school them on the spots. Instead of explaining every time, write up a small explanation of what they are and why they have them, run copies of them and when anyone asks, just hand them a paper. Here's your sign type of thing. I agree with Juliana to take pics to document and that saves a lot of trouble down the line with schools and such. Hope this helps. Sammy

Rochelle - posted on 05/12/2010

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I have seen mainly blue or green spots. what color are the ones that look like bruises/

Xenia - posted on 05/12/2010

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i spotted a light bruise looking thing on the top of my sons butt crack. it isnt very dark or big, also since he was born i noticed above his top lip looks bluish, also a small slight bruise on his cheek, are these mongolian spots? sorry if i sound dumb but when i typed it in google just really dark blue massive spots came up and he deffinately dosent have one like that if one at all,

Rochelle - posted on 05/12/2010

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It not just mixed kids. its mixed kids if they are mixed with african -american asian or native american.. also full asian and african american and natives get them too. they usually fade away as they get older.

Jessica - posted on 06/25/2010

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Yeah mongolian spots are so normal in mixed babies... My little girl has them on her butt. Her papi is Mexican and i'm white. Anybody that is in the medical field knows what they are... :) I had the same worry but the doctor said not to :)

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