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Mongolian Spot

A mongolian spot is a dark area typically on darker-skinned babies... Hispanic, African-American, Pacific Islanders, etc.

The first time I ever saw one, I wigged out, wondering how the heck a baby got so bruised inside the uterus. If I'd have seen the baby next day (without seeing him/her at birth), I would have thought s/he had been beaten the night before. The dark spot looks eerily like a big bruise.

Sometimes the mongolian spot is round and right at the base of the spine (as it was with my Hispanic children), but as you will see with this baby (half-African-American and half-Asian), the marks are more mottled and diffused.

The baby's anus is at the left edge of the picture, respectfully off the side. The white you see is vernix and someone pointed out the spots are so dark, you can see them through the vernix.

Some mongolian spots fade with time; many stay for a lifetime.






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This is the best photo of Mongolian spots I've ever seen! My mom says that I was born with them too, which of course makes me wonder about my family tree since I'm mostly French & German. LOL. Thanks for sharing this.

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoula Heidi

My three year old is half hispanic and was born with a few of them. All of them except the one at the base of his spine has disappeared. When I first noticed the ones on his ankles I freaked out because I thought I did it when I was changing his diapers.

May 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarry

My wife gave birth to our son on 2 days ago, she is full Chinese and I am Caucasian and he totally has a bum just like this!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrant Gilson

Actually, I'm of native american decent, and was born with perfectly flawless skin. Birthmarks(like mongolian spots) are under-researched. Mongolian spots are mostly in the human populations of darker complexioned people. But not all, just a lot more common. Mongolian spots exist among all human populations.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know this is a super old post but i had to pipe up. My daughter has really dark mongolian birth marks all up and down her back. Whenever i left her with a sitter of we changed daycare i first ahd to chow them her "spots" to make sure they weren't alarmed into calling the police. that happened once.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKendra

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