5 Things You Need to Know About Mongolian Spots

Mongolian spots are hereditary and are a bluish, brown or gray mark on the skin. Usually located on the lower back, they have ragged edges and appear as either a large mark or a series of smaller spots. Greater than 90 percent of Native American babies are born with Mongolian Spots. They are also very common in children of East Asian, Indonesian, Polynesian, Microneasian, Amerindians and Eskimo descent. The marks themselves form part of the family history and help children feel a strong connection to their family and community.

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Native American baby. (Image: Dick Luria/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Mongolian spots are hereditary and are a bluish, brown or gray mark on the skin. Usually located on the lower back, they have ragged edges and appear as either a large mark or a series of smaller spots. Greater than 90 percent of Native American babies are born with Mongolian Spots. They are also very common in children of East Asian, Indonesian, Polynesian, Microneasian, Amerindians and Eskimo descent. The marks themselves form part of the family history and help children feel a strong connection to their family and community.

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