My children are white/black...has anyone ever heard of Mongolian spots FYI

Carolyn - posted on 11/24/2008 ( 97 moms have responded )

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Just a FYI for all you new mother's of bi-racial children. When my children where little they has spots on their buttocks that resembled black and blue marks. It wasn't until I went to nursing school that I knew what they were. For some reason they are there (or not) in light skinned children of color.

I was so excited to have a name for this bc I had no idea...I remember taking my daughter ( one year at the time) into my nursing class and dropping her diaper showing her little buns, just to help educate the nursing community.

I also had a girlfriend whose daughter had them and Children and Youth Services almost took Erika when she was a baby bc her mom was being accused of child abuse (a babysitter reported her). That was the furthest thing from the truth, no abuse there.

The spots (bruise like in appearance) do disappear as they get older, but just thought this might be interesting to someone.

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Bev - posted 4 days ago

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my grandson is a light skined biracial 16 yr old he may be a daddy but we dont know yet.he almost looks white he had spots when he was born what im asking is if her baby is his will he its a boy.have the marks even tho my grandson is so light.

Stefanie - posted on 03/12/2009

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oh wow is that what theyre called? my sons used to be alot darker on his butt when he was first born but theyve faded somewhat... hes 3 mos now

Miranda - posted on 03/12/2009

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When my daughter  was born the nurse told me about the spot.  My daughter is white and Mexican. she has aspot above her butt and one on her upper back.

Kelsey - posted on 03/08/2009

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I think this is great that you are notifying people about this. My son is filipino/ white and he was born them on his lower back.. Im not sure if there were any on his bottom because he as a birthmark covering one whole cheek. But has he got older the mongolian spots spread up farther on his back. I immidiately informed his doctor so it could be listed on his charts. You all should make sure these things are documented on doctor charts because it is many cases that innocent mothers have been accused of abuse when simple documentation can clear these things up.

Kristy - posted on 03/06/2009

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Same thing with both of my boys now 8 and 10. Black/white but it has since disappeared! Glad to hear its common.

Lisa - posted on 03/06/2009

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My daughter's also had those spot's on thier butt and back they went away as she got older

Amy - posted on 03/02/2009

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oh yeah I get really nervous when taking my son to new sitters who aren't familiar with bi-racial children. My son has 3 birth mards one of them being a mongolian spot on his bottom. It's actually like a Mongolian "area" not just one spot. I am sure you know what I am talking about. His whole right butt cheek is blue-ish. I have to explain to the sitters that it isn't a bruise but a birth mark.

Jennifer - posted on 02/26/2009

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Both my boys (black and white) still have them on their lower backs (4&6), They also have the same spots on the back of their necks ( hair line area). I've seen family members do double takes when the boys change in front of them. My grandmother has even asked how they got the bruises. Now their older with the same "bruises" they see their actually not bruises. It's kinda funny now.

Lenay - posted on 02/26/2009

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my dad is indian, and I had one on my back when i was born, but my son didn't.

Krista - posted on 02/26/2009

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this very interesting my daughter has them as well we i just asked my doctor and she told me what they were. i was happy to hear her answer
krista

Summa - posted on 02/26/2009

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My son is 5 weeks old and has them all over his bum and lower back he also has a small one on his wrist

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Hey,My daugher has the mongolian spot her her upper buttock.Her pediatrician had us take pictures just in case someone tried to say we were abusing her.It is fading now which her doctor said it would be there forever.Thanks so much for the info.Have a great day.

Kim - posted on 02/26/2009

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My boyfriend is Puerto Rican and he had them as a child, as well as his sisters, brother, and nieces and nephews. He has 4 children (2 with me) and they all have those spots. His oldest son is now 7 and they're fading away. My daughter is 2.5 and they're already fading. While my son (16 months), his spots are still very dark. My boyfriend jokes around saying that's how he knows they're his children. lol.

Alecia - posted on 02/25/2009

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I am white and my husband is Hispanic.  He is so light you can hardly tell, but our son is a little darker.  He has a spot on his leg.  I freaked out when I saw it, but the Dr. told me it was normal.  She called it a mongolian spot.  It is still there, but we don't even notice it anymore.

Jordan - posted on 02/25/2009

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my son also has one on his wrist and on each ankle as well as his bottom lower and upper back...anyone who doesn't realize what these are would at first glance think they are bruises...document them with your doc

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Carolyn:

My children are white/black...has anyone ever heard of Mongolian spots FYI

Just a FYI for all you new mother's of bi-racial children. When my children where little they has spots on their buttocks that resembled black and blue marks. It wasn't until I went to nursing school that I knew what they were. For some reason they are there (or not) in light skinned children of color.
I was so excited to have a name for this bc I had no idea...I remember taking my daughter ( one year at the time) into my nursing class and dropping her diaper showing her little buns, just to help educate the nursing community.
I also had a girlfriend whose daughter had them and Children and Youth Services almost took Erika when she was a baby bc her mom was being accused of child abuse (a babysitter reported her). That was the furthest thing from the truth, no abuse there.
The spots (bruise like in appearance) do disappear as they get older, but just thought this might be interesting to someone.



I just took my youngest to the doctor for that and they looked at me like I was crazy. They told me that this is normal in mixed kids. I said to them my oldest daughter didnt have it and they said that not all mixed kids have it. I was scared I thought that her dad was beating her.

User - posted on 02/22/2009

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Yes actually my son was born with them, the good thing was the nurses before he was discharged after being born advised me that he had these and they had that documented in case there was ever any question.  He has since grown out of them and now is fine. 

Jordan - posted on 02/21/2009

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yes! my son's dad is Belizean and I am caucasian...I had the foresight to have all of his little spots noted in his pediatrics records beginning with his very first visit when he was only 2 days old...I was told they would fade and shrink...but they have not :-) so glad these have been specifically recorded as they do resemble brusing, and can be seen on his little back when he is at the community pool or beach...better safe then sorry

Laura - posted on 02/20/2009

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My oldest daughter is Asian and she had one that started at the small of her back and covered her buttocks.  I had the doctors office take pictures for her chart and they wrote a letter for me describing them that I kept in the diaper bag, just in case!

Brooke - posted on 02/20/2009

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When my daughter was born my family and I learned about Mongolian spots. I actually had my Pediatrician document where they were to protect my husband and I from any accusations. She is 4.5 and they are still VERY evident on her buttocks and hips/thighs. My son is almost 2 now and has only 1 on his hip and 1 on his shoulder. He's lighter than my daughter, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not.

Joy - posted on 02/20/2009

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My daughter is a mix of Latin and Chinese and White. She does have a Mongolian spot on her back. I was concerned about what it was at first but did learn from my doctor that it was a normal birth mark. thank you for sharing. I am glad they do fade with time.

Rachel - posted on 02/20/2009

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Both of my babies who are 1/2 Eskimo have them! Little girl has some on her butt, back and 3 pin bruise like spots on her upper shoulders. Her brother who is older, I didn't notice his until he was 6 weeks old and freaked out. I saw them in baby pictures I took. I called my FIL who is a peds doctor, who thankfully explained what was going on. I have the marks documented in their records at their pediatricians JIC.

I had never heard of such a thing!

Ashley - posted on 02/19/2009

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Thanks! My daughter has them on her butt cheeks and on her knees and around her ankle I had no idea what was wrong, I just thought she was dirty or something! And her ankle I thought it was a bruise too, good to know though I knew I never hurt my little sweet pea.

User - posted on 02/13/2009

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Hi

I have 2 children with a Jamaican man and both of my children have it..My son is almost 3 and it fading away my doctor told me there is nothing to worry about...

Lisa - posted on 02/13/2009

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my daughter (black/white/filipino) has the same mongolian spots on her booty and lower back. shes 16 months and still has them. her doctor noticed them at her first visit and made sure to let us know to tell day care providers and family members that they are not bruises or signs of abuse... just sometime similar to a birth mark.

Shauna - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son had the same spots when he was born.  I remember the nurse saying, "he's has mongolian marking".  Not knowing what she was talking about and being a little out of it after 53 1/2 hours of natural childbirth at the age of 19, I immediately shouted out, "Mongolian?  He's half white/black!"  They explained after chuckling what it was.  He is 9 years old now, and still has them.  He has grown into the color a bit, but they don't seem to be fading at all.  Anyone know anything about them enough to know if he'll have them forever or if they will eventually fade?

Christina - posted on 02/12/2009

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I just had my son a little over three weeks ago.  I am white and daddy is a dark hispanic.  My son looks white to all outward appearances but was born with the mongolian spots on his hinny and a little bit on the back of his shoulder.  The nurses at the hospital told me what they were and said they would document it for me.  Luckily, the girls I plan to use for babysitting are familiar with the condition as they themselves were born with it.



I am just curious though.  Is this mainly a bi-racial phenomena or can it be found in full blooded hispanics, asians, indians or blacks?  Also how early have some of you seen these spots start to lighten up if they do lighten up?

Heather - posted on 02/11/2009

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My Jamaican/Am daughter has the same thing and the hospital actually informed us and made a note in her chart after her birth.  Her father and I had never heard of it either.  They told me that it is  common in African/Asian children.  It's scary for people whose hospital isn't  "up-to-speed" with that sort of thing.  They instructed me to always inform people who would be caring for my daughter so that I didn't encounter any false accusations,etc.

Bisa - posted on 02/08/2009

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Interesting, My son had red marks on the back of his neck and head. I was told those were mongolian marks but my sis in law is also biracial but they are nothing like everyone described.

Charity - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi. Yes, my 2 1/2 year old son is white/African American and has had mongolian spots since day one.... They are on his back, his buttocks, his wrist, and his rib area. I am a Child Protective Services social worker and I am telling everyone with a child that has mongolian spots....HAVE THEM DOCUMENTED BY A DOCTOR! Many, many childcare providers, the public, teachers, and sometimes doctors/nurses do NOT know what they are and automatically assume they are bruises. Here's a hint...they don't change colors and fade in a couple of days. I have gone to many homes because people make reports that children have bruises all over them and they are mongolian spots. At the least, take your own pictures of them, date them, and keep them as long as they have the spots. And educate childcare providers/teachers about them and that your child has them.... it could save you and your child from a lot of heartache later.



They are common among children of color... bi-racial, some African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics.

Chloe - posted on 02/07/2009

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my son is mixed race and he was born with a mongolian blue spot on his bottocks,it was noted down has a birth mark at the hospital but wasnt put down in his red book.i mentioned this to the midwife when i got him home cos i was worried i would get accused of child abuse has it looks lyk a big bruise.i dont know how true it is but i got told every mixed race child is born with 1 and they do dissapear has the child gets older xx

Mary - posted on 02/07/2009

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Its great you have raised the awareness on this, my son is mixed race (black/white) and he also has this, I was worried when he was a baby and questioned the midwaife straight away who confirmed it was a mongolian blue spot - didn't want anyone thinking anything else! He is nearly 2 now and still has the bruise like area.

Tiarra - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son is bi-racial (latino & white) and has a mongolian spot on his lower back/upper buttocks area. Luckily, our Pediatrician has bi-racial children himself and warned us about this possibility before he was born. Thus, when our son was born with one, the Doc noted it in his chart and I ALWAYS include this info. on ALL of his medical forms for pre-school and now elementary school, so there is NO concern of abuse.

Lauri - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son had a "Mongolion Blue Butt."  He didn't just have a spot!  I've got pictures and still tease him (he's now 15).  These spots occur in Asian children as well.  I had heard of them prior to my son's birth, so when his appeared, I had my pediatrician make a note in his medical chart to prevent any abuse accusations.

Mandi - posted on 01/31/2009

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I was aware of these as a friend of mine whose kids are white/chinese had them.  My children are white/indian both have them.  My daughter's entire buttocks are blue - it's quite noticeable.  Our midwife documented it in her birth records in case we were ever questioned in the future.

Janice - posted on 01/30/2009

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All of my children have them, but very small. My newest baby has one that covers her whole bum and part of her back, I thought it was bruising from my c-section but my doctor confirmed them as mongolion spots as well.

Maria - posted on 01/28/2009

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My daughter had a big mark at the top of her butt - when she was born the Doctor told me to expect at some time someone will think I beat her - great....

Lucy - posted on 01/28/2009

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my daughter 13 months black/white has one going across her bum and my sisters son 5 still has his across his back and bum so they will gradually go but in time theres no specific age that they dissapear.

Kristin - posted on 01/26/2009

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My husband is Filipino and I am Irish and my daughter has one as well right on her lower back just abover her hiney - I also wondered what is was until I finally asked the doctor.

Nicole - posted on 01/25/2009

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Yes Mongolian "birthmarks"  are common in African American and Asian children. Being from Hawaii i'm 1/2 hawaiian, 1/4 chinese, 1/8 irish, 1/8 german (So basically i'm a mutt) LOL, I am familliar with them. But my husband who is African American was not so I thought it was an Asian thing and I explained it to him when our oldest DD was born. He thought that the doctor had done something wrong when she was coming out =). I researched it when we got home and found out it was common not only in Asian children but ALSO African American children so my DD's got the double whammy! Theirs were really big and really black and blue.

Jackie - posted on 01/22/2009

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HAHA Meg never told me she had those...and we even sat here laughing at Zaynes booty because she has it! The ped at the hospital told me what it was immediatly bc I thought she was bruised from me pushing her out! I didnt know it was so common until i saw your blog and all the replies! WOW

Rita - posted on 01/21/2009

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Yep, my daughter got em. Amazingly, both of my kids also have matching tattoo looking spots on the same arm. Cool, huh?

Karen - posted on 01/21/2009

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Just curious, my daughter has these spots and just turned three. She even has a bad one on her wrist, which I've been told is highly unusual. Does anyone know if they ever go away at a later age, or is she going to have these her whole life?
And have I ever had strange looks when we go to the pool or lake!

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son has mongolian spots - it looks like a dark bruise. The trait is an African American trait. As he ages the spots seem less obvious. They are generally on the childs bottom area.

Carolyn - posted on 01/20/2009

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my niece had a big one on her forhead, and she is six now and it is still there, I really dont think it will ever go away....I'm thinking it's a birthmark and not a mongolian spot

Tammy - posted on 01/20/2009

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As soon as my son was born the nurse told me exactly what they were. She told me to take pictures of them so I would have documentation. My son is half Mexican and half white, my husband still has mongolian spots. My son is almost 3 and he still has his too. It's on his lower back and partly on his bottom. Nothing to worry about.

Tricia - posted on 01/20/2009

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LOL! I was so there with my first and ppls reaction when they saw it! LOL memories..My daughter is 7 and I thk iits almost gne now..My son really ddnt have one

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