Anybody familiar with mongolian spots?

Genevieve - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Asian kids usually have these mongolian spots w/c is temporary. My 15-mo old daughter has them all over her body. If you're asian, did your kid have it? When does it go away? Just wanted to know 'coz it sure looks like birthmarks.

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Donna - posted on 03/27/2014

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My daughter, 14, has one on her bottom...still. And my 6 year old son has one in the crack of his bottom. His looks more like a bruise. Two out of 4 children got them and I am half Asian and don't have any.

Genevieve - posted on 08/26/2009

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Thanks for sharing, you guys! I'm truly enlightened. Wow! Now I know that a lot of races gets them too. It seems that you guys have different experiences with these spots. I guess I have to learn to live with the spots on my daughter, in case it doesn't go away.

Tiffany - posted on 08/26/2009

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HAHA. Ok my child is WHITE and like Irish/ English WHITE! So White as you can get, and he has them on his butt. I had my peds note them on his charts, because they looked like bruises. I thought they were from birth, then they never went away! LOL! 18 Mos later, and he still has them.

Also, he has Hemangenomas. Like 3 so far, these are also BM's and are supposedly to fall off by age 5 or so. One on his head, arm and back. The arm & head have already started to look like they will soon, the back one.. we got a while.

Natalie - posted on 08/25/2009

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Hi, my duaghter has one on her shoulder blade and her bottom (21 months) and my son has it on his bottom (12 weeks). they look like very bad dark bruises. I have noticed with my daughter that it looks like its starting to fade away, it is not as dark as it was when she was born. I am white and my husband is Indian. Our pead also said that it will disappear as she get older and that there is nothing to worry about, hope this helps.

Crystal - posted on 08/23/2009

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My son is half white and half peruivan. He is 3 and still has his above his tush. I was told that they do not go away.

Erin - posted on 08/23/2009

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My dd is 1/2 Arabic and 1/2 caucasian and she has one just above her bum since birth, its still there and she's 20 months. I think its very common and seems that it sometimes goes away but often not.

Tammy - posted on 08/21/2009

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I'm asian and still have them on my thighs, they're grayish greenish marks. they get bigger as my leg gets bigger. My son also has some on his bum and upper arm. I'm hoping they'll disappear as the doctor said. My husband is also asian.

Vicki - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hi! I'm caucasian and my husband is maori - both our boys have them around the tops of their bottoms/lower backs. They look like brusing - had my husband worried to start with but I had expected them so it wasn't a big deal. Our boys are 4 1/2yrs and 13mths. Our eldest also has birthmarks, one large one on hs back and several smaller ones on his arms. They look quite different - either way, he isn't worried about them because we've taught him that they've spots where the sun gave him extra big kisses. It came from a conversation when he asked me why he was brown with patches of darker brown and I was white with little bits of brown (freckles). I explained that the sun had given me lots of little kisses and gave him a few big ones. He lapped it up, go figure :)

Anita - posted on 08/21/2009

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most asians and blacks have bluish/greenish mark mainly around the lower back and near the bum crack...most caucasions hae red marks...some babies dont have them at all...im asian and my husband is white australian and our lilttle 2 yr old has the greenish/blu marks on his bottom...I was told they fade as they get older unless its sa birth mark.....

Nikki - posted on 08/20/2009

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mongolian spots are prevelant in hispanic babys as wells as asians i have 3 little ones all have had them. my 9 year old still has a faint one on the bottom. son 5 has gotten rid of his completly and the youngest is 1 and a half and all except one has faded away. make sure that your md documents them and have pics on them i got in trouble with cps and the oldest one when a school teacher saw hers and reported me for beating her. thank god the md had documented them when she was born saved me alot of headache. what i have learned is they are blueish and can be mistaken for bruises easily. they are supposed to go away on their own by age 5 if they don't they will be permentent. there is a laser surgery to lighten them if they are in a horriable place but most md won't do it till th child is 10 or older

Abbey - posted on 08/20/2009

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both my daughters have small mongolian spots on their butts. (their dad is hispanic and i'm white) my older daughter is turning 3 and the younger one is 8 months. they look more like bruises than birthmarks though on my girls. the doctor said they should go away. when i looked them up online it said most go away by the age of 5 or 6, but sometimes they last until the early teen years and then go away.

Genevieve - posted on 08/20/2009

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Your answer sure was enlightening. It just goes to show how little I know abt these spots. ;-) I hope all spots would go away for my daughter 'coz she has them on her upper arm, back and butt. Thanks for replying by the way.

Latecia - posted on 08/20/2009

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My dd is not asian she is 1/4 black 1/4 mexican and 1/2 white but has dark skin. She has 2 mongolian spots on her arm well one is on her shoulder and then she has then in her eyes. She is 6 years old and has had them since birth the only one that disappeared was the one above her butt.

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