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Mongolian blue spots
are a type of birthmark. They are flat blue or blue/grey spots with
an irregular shape that commonly appear at birth or soon after.
They may also be called congenital dermal melanocytosis or dermal
spots are most common at the base of the spine, on the buttocks, and
back. They also can appear as high as the shoulders or
elsewhere on the body. They are common among darker skinned races,
such as people of Asian, East Indian and African descent.
Mongolian blue spots are
not associated with any conditions or illnesses. Sometimes they
can be mistaken for bruises. It is important to recognize that
Mongolian blue spots are birthmarks, NOT bruises.
No treatment is needed or
recommended. There are no complications and the discolouration
often fades in a few years and has usually gone once the child