Mongolian spots? Does anyone's baby have them and what have you done for them?

Amber - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 174 moms have responded )

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I am white and my fiance is mexican. Our beautiful son has an olive complexion but around his lower back, all over his little rump, and on his upper thigh, he has mongolian spots. I asked his doctor about it and he said that they appear on kids with mainly asian, hispanic backgrounds and that they eventually fade down or grow smaller as the kids get older. I'm not really worried about how the spots look or anything but I'm worried about when he goes to school and teachers will think that they are bruises. What has everyone been doing about this? Like I was thinking of asking the doctor for a note to explain that the marks are mongloian spots.

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i wouldn't worry too much about the teachers...it sounds like the spots (which will fade away) are in areas that they have no business looking at anyway!

Alison - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son was born with them he is now 20yrs old and doesnt have the big oneon his rear any more . In fact it disappeared before he started school

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Chels - posted on 09/10/2013

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I have a 4 month old baby girl who was born with little greenish spots on her lower back and a big green spot on her bottom. Me and her father are black but have cherokee indian ancestors that i was told about. She is real yellow complexion so the spots are very noticeable. Her pediatrician said they will eventually fade away and I havent had any issues about people thinking they are bruises and i hope i dont have them in the future.

Tracey - posted on 12/30/2011

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the teachers deal with a great amount of mulicultural familys they see this all the time. Plus by the time you get him into school the teachers do not take the kids to the restrooms so they wont even notice. in daycare the same thing they see it all the time.

Umi - posted on 12/30/2011

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I am half Japanese and my daughter had a big mongolian spot on her bum. It is common among Asian babies to have such a spot and it is harmless. The spot usually fades with age. My daughter's pediatrician made note of her spot when she was born. It is very difficult to notice my daughter's spot now but at birth it appeared as a blue heart shaped almost bruise like. I think your son's spot will fade also.

Danielle - posted on 12/28/2011

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My sons father is Ecuadorian and Im Portuguese, so my son has them as well. I just made sure my doctor was aware of each one so that if anyone ever questions it then the doctor is right there and can say that its a Mongolian spot, not a bruise lol. A doctors word is usually respected, especially when the child is up to date on medical visits.

Shelly - posted on 12/10/2011

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My husband is from India and I'm white. Our daughter is 5 and still has the spot on her rump. From these posts, I see this seems to be a very common place to have Mongolian spots.

Ann - posted on 11/29/2011

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There is more awareness about this than there used to be and most people who work with children know what they are. If there were a question, you could certainly educate them. They could Google it!

Carol - posted on 11/28/2011

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I had them and my son has them. They child will grow out of them but take pictures just in case someone thinks you beat your kid.

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my sister in law is white and her childs father is black. the little girl,my niece, has these spots she told me about when i first met the little one. she tells the babysitters, the daycare, and anyone who is around what they are and that is what she told me what you just said. so, maybe your dr can write something for your daycare provider or school or babysitter if need be to make you feel better.

Laura - posted on 11/24/2011

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My daughter, now 22, had one on her left arm near her shoulder, where many people put tattoos. Hers was shaped like a Christmas tree, so I told her if she decides to get a attoo, just add the decorations! Lol

It has faded a bit over the years, but as far as school and doctors paperwork, they sometimes ask for placement of birthmarks etc so note it then. I always did and was never questioned. :)

Donna - posted on 11/20/2011

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If his doctor has seen them you are all set, but you might voice your concern next time you are there and have him make a note in his file.

Tracie - posted on 11/13/2011

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I have a set of 16 month old boy/girl twins that are black and white mixed and my daughter has a couple on her bottom. The Dr. said that there is nothing that you can really do about it and that eventually they would fade. I would not be worried about what teachers think. If they are not aware of them and what causes them, maybe you can take a pamphlet or direct them to something online that explains what they are and their appearance. Hope that helps.

Heather - posted on 11/05/2011

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I'm a Pediatric Nurse as well as a Mom to 3 biracial children. The spots will fade out over time or stretch with skin growth. Anyone with a healthcare background will know the difference between bruising and the Mongolian spot, so no worries : )

Rachel - posted on 11/01/2011

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i have v4 half white and black. they had them at birth by the time they wet 4 they were gone,just make sure they dont change color or size

Dianne - posted on 11/01/2011

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We had my granddaughters pediatrician print a letter describing the spots and each member of the family who cares for her has a notarized copy so as to prevent any accusations in the future.

Katie - posted on 10/26/2011

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My daughters got one on her tailbone/butt area. I was told when she was born that most kids will dissappear by the time they're 2. She's almost 19 months, and it's still there, but it's not really dark. I remember when she fell down the stairs :( I took her to the ER and they were checking her out. I felt the need to tell them about her mongolian spot. The Dr didn't even notice it. lol. I'm not worried. If I ever got accused of hitting her, really all they would have to do it touch it, and that would tell if it's a bruise or not by her reaction. lol

Cari - posted on 10/06/2011

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Doctors can tell the difference between those and bruises, so I don't think there is much of a need for having them documented.

Christina - posted on 10/05/2011

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My grandson has the mongolian marks too, but now his skin is getting white patches by his neck coming around to his ears and starting to his face? does anyone know what this is and why its happening, is there anything we can do to stop it?

Christina - posted on 10/05/2011

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My grandson has the mongolian marks too, but now his skin is getting white patches by his neck coming around to his ears and starting to his face? does anyone know what this is and why its happening, is there anything we can do to stop it?

Sol - posted on 09/14/2010

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really? I don't how it is in the USA, but here in England most teachers and health visitors are well informed about mongolian spots. If you are so concerned, maybe you should ask your doctor to sign some paper saying that your LO has mongolian spots and perhaps attach to that some information about it so as to prevent problems with teachers

Carri - posted on 09/14/2010

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I have 2 native american boys and 1 african american daughter and they all have the mangloain spots on them but its just a round spot about their rump. I was accused of hitting my kids because of it until the doctor told the state that its from having mixed children. I was astonished and freaked out from it all. But I will never forget it. Its not mostly from hispanic backgrounds all mixed babies have them. And they do go away over the years as the children get older my children's did. Don't let it bother you too much. It just a normal thing mixed children get.

Carol - posted on 09/13/2010

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They apper on alot more than just hispanic and asian, im mixed black and white and had them as a child. Its mostly mied race couples. My son has them and he has a darker complextion then my dughter who, thankfully didnt because shes very light they would look like bruises. We had our sons documented at birth and we have already had a run in with CPS ( not our fault a family memeber) and they looked at him and even pointed out he had monogolian spots and that it was nothing to worry about ( they had to weight him and make sure they have no bruises.) my only question: why worry about the mongolian spots what about the teachers that are looking in those places? Thats more of a worry right there, they will fade, i dont have mine any more and there in the same place my son has his. Hidden perfectly from the world.

Courtney - posted on 09/12/2010

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My daughter's two. I'm white and her dad is black. I'm told they're VERY common in multi-ethnic kids. She's had them since birth and they haven't changed much. But, I did make sure I explained them to her daycare providers. And once they were aware, and noticed they were ALWAYS there, not getting darker, or purple, or really changing at all, it's just another adorable thing about my kid, lol. Most people think they're hilarious once they realize they're not going away quickly, like an actual bruise. My ella has 1 big one on her hiney, and 2 lighter ones on her upper-hiney, lower back. I think they're cute, lol

Sol - posted on 09/11/2010

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My baby boy has one, is very faint though. My husband is white and I am latinamerican, I and my brothers had a blue spot when we were babies, but it faded when we were around two years old. I hope the same happens to my boy.

Christina - posted on 09/11/2010

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My daughter had them but hers left fairly soon. Now my son still has his on his back and lower back onto his rump. He had them on the tops of his wrists and shoulders. You can look and tell their not bruises at least i would think an educated person could. Theres nothing you can do for them.

Ellen - posted on 09/10/2010

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My son is mixed, (White & Black), and at our prenatal classes the teacher let us know that he may have them. He does have them all over his bottom and lower back and also on both shoulders at the back. We aren't too concerned about it. My mum asked me what happened to him when she last visited as she noticed them when giving him bath. I had to explain what they were. She also thought they were bruises! :)

Donna - posted on 09/09/2010

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My children are part Samoan it is common in this culture also. I am a teacher and felt I had to let Childcare staff know about these spots for the same reason as you. Luckily well faded before school age.

Lashawna - posted on 09/09/2010

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i have 2 boys and they both have the spot on their lower backs and its nothing to worry about. my oldest son, his spot has actually lightened a lil bit. my youngest you barely tell its there. i didn't do anything about it. it just faded in time.

Farrah - posted on 09/09/2010

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No need to worry, my daughter is 6yr old and has started school, no one has questioned her about her "fading spot", most educators would be aware that this prevelant in children that are "mixed".... If anything is said then go ahead with providing proof... until then just relax! It will fade soon enough

Anett - posted on 09/08/2010

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Just forget about them. In most cases they will disappear until school age. My daughter's (4y4m) spot is hardly visible any longer and my little boy's (2y) one is about to disappear, too.

If anybody ever complains about it, print out an explanation about Mongolian spots and have them read it.

Jessica - posted on 09/08/2010

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you can have the doctor put it into the childs report at doctor office. that way in the future if teacher think that they are brusies, and just by instance dhr gets involved they can pull the chart and see where it was noted, my son has one on his shoulder one on his lower bottom. doctor told me that she would put it into his chrts for future reference incase i have had a problem. but as far as doing something for them, you cant it is a birthmark and by age 4 they should fade away.

Suzanne - posted on 07/31/2010

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my 2 sons have them, my 2 year old has one on bottom and one on shoulder but my 3 week old son has 7 of them on his body one being on his leg and i can understand what u mean and feel when people ask if they are bruises as the 3 midwifes that have visited have read his file to make sure it has been written that they are on his leg so if they notice it then other people do so it makes you wary, but when people stare i just explain. my neice brought her boyf, to see my new son and when i left the room he said to her the baby has a bruise which she quickly explained to him what it was, but some people mite not know what they are as he didnt! im hoping they will fade as people telling me they will so until then i will just smile!

Danielle - posted on 07/31/2010

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My daughter is 6 years old and her mongolian spot has all but disappeared. Same place as all the others that have posted comments it was on her lower back right above her butt. It will fade after time.

Natasha - posted on 07/29/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 and he is white/ black. he has a tiny mongolian mark on his hip that resembles a bruise. i was told that they are common in most mixed babies and that they will fade over time. i havent done anything about it and when people have asked me where it came from i explain to them about mongolian marks.

Serene - posted on 07/28/2010

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My daughter has them on her butt and my son has them on his back. My neice had them on her back but, she had outgrown them and she is twelve years old. Thye go away when your child gets older

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My daughter has that also on her rump. I didn't even know that it was mongloian spot.I was always nervous that when she got bigger she would have this huge bruise thing on her rump. I am kinds glad that I found out that it would fade with age

Aimee - posted on 07/26/2010

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My daughters whole right bum cheek and slightly on base of back is one big mongolion blue spot, my son has none!! they are 3/4 white with 1/4 jamaican x

Danielle - posted on 07/25/2010

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I was not aware that this "spots" had names. My children are mixed with white/mexican and black, and they both had them. They do fade away with time. With my oldest daughter, (havnt done it yet with my youngest) I had it put on her medical records that she was born with them so they wouldnt be mistaken for bruises. That is an idea.

Ashley - posted on 07/24/2010

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my daughter has the same thing on her back and on her bottom. The doctor said they won't go all the way away but i read that they usually go away by the time they are 5. There isn't anything you can do about it and i am sure teachers won't say anything about it. if they do just tell them what it is.

Shamekia - posted on 07/23/2010

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They appear on children of any darker race mostly olive toned and those skin tones. My baby has them too. I am 1/2 black, 1/2 puerto rican, and my husband is white...

Juanita - posted on 07/23/2010

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my son is black and white he is fairly light skinned and he has a huge mongolian spot above his lil booty as well as he has a black ass and also a spot on his shoulder and ankle. my doctor told me that when he goes to daycare or school to make sure i mark down that he has the mongolian spots that look like bruises so they know to cover ur ass. with my son being lighter and a dark butt and the huge blue green spot above his butt when i take him to daycare it looks like ive beat him blue lol so i always right down on paper with the date that it is just a birthmark. my son will be 2 next month and his spots have not decreased nor gotten lighter or smaller.
hope this helps

Brittany - posted on 06/19/2010

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well my baby is 2 and she is white/black/native american and she has one most mixed kids have them and anyone that has been around a mixed kid will know that is what it is and you should just tell the teacher that that is what they are and if she needs a doctors note then just get one

Tabitha - posted on 05/24/2010

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My daughter is half mexican and she has them all over her little butt. They almost cover her whole butt. LOL. My doctor also said it was nothing to worry about, but she wrote a note for me to keep in my diaper bag/ shot records/ whatever that they were mongolian spots and not bruises so nobody would call CPS on me. So yeah. The doctor can write you a note.

Jessica - posted on 05/22/2010

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My 3 month old has them too 1/2 mexi 1/2 white.... doc did say they would dissapear :)

Jaime - posted on 04/18/2010

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Both of my kids are bi-racial (white/black) and have mongolian spots that are kinda greenish. My daughter is 17 months and has a huge one on her lower back, booty and smaller ones on her thigh, her upper arm and her shoulder. My son is 6 months with a lighter complexion than my daughter and he has one in his booty crack and that's it. They supposedly fade over time and if not, i just plan to teach them thats what makes them beautiful! :)
As for the DR note, i wouldn't think that it's necessary. If they say something about them at school, just educate them on it.

Robin - posted on 04/18/2010

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My son is half black and half white. He has mongolian spots all over his tushy and his lower back, and a couple on his leg. The doctor said that sometimes they fade, or go away completely. There is nothing that you need to do for them. I am teaching my son to love them; they are a part of his being biracial, and I want him to be proud of who he is.

Alisha - posted on 04/18/2010

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Im 17 and mixed race, my mother is white British and my dad is black Jamaican and i still have a mongolian spot on my upper right arm which is a blue circle looking thing and i hate is because every time i wear a vest or top with short sleeves people ask how did you get that bruise or is that a bruise? the funny thing is the same people ask me, i want a tattoo over it but i don't know if i would be allowed to and ive had this birthmark since i was born as far a i can remember.

DeEtta - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter is 2 now and is part white and part black. She had it all over her rump and a spot on her shoulder. The one on her rump is almost gone. I have had people ask about it. All I do is tell them it is mongolian spots and as long as the doctor knows that your son has them, than you have nothing to worry about when it comes to the teachers and if they are looking where they are not supposed to, then just tell them they are mongolian spots and it is documented in his medical records with his doctor if they have a problem with it. No one should be looking at his rump anyway. They are common in children who have some black, mexican or some asian culture in them.

Jenniferr - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter as well was born with Mongolian spots on her lower back she has five of them. I get worried just for the fact that my uncle had a friend who had to take their baby to the hospital who also had mongolian spots. The hospital staff had contacted child services on this family for an investigation, that would be my worst nightmare. I made sure ass well that it was documented with my family doctor and her pedatrician.

Kristina - posted on 03/21/2010

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My daughter (black and white) had a HUGE mongolian spot on her tush when she was born. It definetly freaked me out! It will slowly fade (sometimes). My daughter is now 8, and still has a slight spot on her little tushie. Most teachers and medical professionals know what they are, and won't think that he's being bruised at home. Good luck!

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