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Slate Gray Patch Mongolian Spot
Usually: Mongolian spots, or slate grey patches, are a concentrated area of melanocytes (the cells that give your skin its pigment). Over time those cells spread out and the slate grey patch gets lighter as the baby's over all skin tone gets darker. Most slate grey patches are gone by the time the child is in preschool, though for some people they never completely disappear. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mongolian spots are flat, blue, or blue-gray skin markings that commonly appear at birth or shortly thereafter. Mongolian spots are noncancerous skin markings and are not associated with disease. The markings may cover a large area of the lower back. Mongolian ...Read more
Common in newborns: Mongolian spots are bluish markings on the skin, normally on the lower back, often noted in the newborn period. Mongolian spots are common among darker skinned persons, such as those who are of asian, east indian, and african descent. They can be mistaken for bruises. They often fade with time and are usually gone by late the teen years. They cause no complications and do not need treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be patient: Mongolian spots fade by themselves over the years. If they are deep and dark at birth it may take until the teen years(as it did in my son's case, who looked like somebody had poured a bottle of blue ink on his back at birth!). Just don't pay attention to it and don't make the child be self-conscious about it. If it is a highly visible place, i suppose you can apply some cover up cream... ...Read more
See Wikipedia: A mongolian spot is a particular type of birthmark. Like almost all birthmarks, it is completely benign. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mongolian_spot. However, if something like this appears later in life it could be a form of melanoma, so don't let anyone tell you you have a mongolian spot unless you were born with it. ...Read more
? treatment ?: This is a natural birthmark derived from overactive pigment producing cells that are integrated within the skin. It may fade some over time but may be present for life.It is not related to any bad diseases nor will it hurt the kid. Accept it as part of the kid and ignore it. If neighbors ask about it tell them what it is.Some mistakenly think it is a bruise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Specificity: A mongolian spot or patch is the name of a specific birth mark & implies that it is a purplish, flat to the skin, mark located on the backside of the body, most often over the lower back. Birthmark as a term could be applied to any of a number of different skin findings that are present at birth. It could include strawberry hemangiomas, hairy nevi, salmon patches, stork bites, etc. ...Read more
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