Strange bruising (UPDATED)

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Strange bruising (UPDATED)

Update: Sophia had her 1 month checkup today and the doctor looked at the "bruising" on her back and confirmed that it is Mongolian Blue Spots. She said that they should go away in a few years. She is also in the 50th percentile for both weight and height and looks just perfect! Smile She got another hep b vaccine which she was not happy about. Sad

I noticed today while changing Sophia's diaper that she has some bruising around her tail bone area. It's not one big bruise, it's like in spots all across her lower back. She doesn't cry when I touch it so it doesn't seem to be hurting her. Has anyone ever seen or heard of this before? I have no clue what may have caused them. DS is sick and I'm taking him to the doctor tomorrow so I was planning on asking the doctor about it to see if maybe I need to bring her in, but wanted to see if anyone has ever heard of this before.

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Ive known carseats to bruise kids backs, compression bruising, usually happens where a knotty bone is. Could probably happen in a swing or on the floor too

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It makes sense about the carseat. If it was me, I would just watch and make sure the bruising is healing properly and no other strange bruises pop up on her.

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The carseat thing makes sense. I would still point it out to the dr, and keep an eye out on it.

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Took DS to the doctor and Sophia stayed with my grandma so I just mentioned it to the pediatrician. She said it could be from her carseat or swing, but it could also be Mongolian Blue Spots. Never even heard of that before, but she does have it in the area where the spots are most common. She is going to look at it next week at her 1 month check up.

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Oh, I've seen those before on babies, never knew the name- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002443/
They are basically "stork bites" for darker skin

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"Majka" wrote:

Oh, I've seen those before on babies, never knew the name- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002443/
They are basically "stork bites" for darker skin

That first picture is exactly what it looks like too so if it doesn't go away like a normal bruise should then that is probably what it is.

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i was stalking dana and saw this, jade had a similar marking on her tailbone area right after birth, i thought it was from the diaper bunching of something, it still hasn't gone away but quickly turned into a light skin mark kinda like a pink/red scratch or pressure mark. her doc didn't say anything and i just never think about it now but i wanted to say thanks for asking and thanks Majka for posting a name! jade's was only that blueish colour for about a week or two then started to lighten into a more 'birth mark' colour.

just wanted to add that i looked it up and it seems jade was more the stork bite with an angel kiss (i had that too) never knew there were names for these! thanks again!

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It's very common for African american kids to have the Mongolian spots, two of my three kids have them. My three year old still has some on her bottom. Sounds like that's what your LO has. No worries, they are harmless.

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