Originally Posted by Anne2008
Am I correct in thinking it's African and Asian countries only?
A baby can have one even if they are mixed race, aslong as they have the african/asian race in them too, right?
Just wondering WHY you ask?
Both my children got these mongolian spots. The marks kind of disappeared around 12-18 months. I found those scary on first notice, I thought it was some kind of bruising (????????), lol.
I'm 100% Caucasian myself and had never heard of mongolian marks before, my husband is from Kurdish-Saudi descent. I checked 'What to expect the first year/toddler years' (1994) for reference to any of such thing as a greyish shadow-like marks on my baby's lower back. It says its very common in Black(98,8%), Asian (81%) and Hispanic (70%) infants. It doesn't say anything about such birthmaks being exclusive to these races, only about commonness.
I also surprised many of my caucasian descent friends and family when they asked (over the phone)about my newborns eye colour, and I replied ' dark brown from birth'. They all expected blue/greyish eyed newborns (with expectancy of eye colour change later on) and didn't have a clue that non-caucasian babies (or only partly) are often BORN with brown eyes.
My babies were born with quite a head of black hair (imo), while it is quite uncommon for caucasian babies to have much hair at birth, and eefinitely not pitch black :-). And comparing to babies born around here (Turkey) my newborns had very little newborn hair, lol. The black hair fell out over the next couple of months and got replaced by 'permanent' hair, which became first curly blondish then wavy light brown for DS1 and slightly wavy medium blonde for DS2.
These last two paragraphs being of topic of course :-).