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post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
OK, now that I've got your attention...

I just noticed TODAY that my three-and-a-half month old baby has what looks like a tiny hole in the area between his anus and where his butt-crack starts. I always knew there was a "dip" there, but today while he was having naked tummy time I spread his butt cheeks (TMI, sorry) and he has a tiny hole there. It's like the diameter of a pinhead, and I can't see where it ends.

Is it just me or is this seriously weird? There's no discharge or anything coming out of it, and I'm guessing it's just some kind of bizarre "dimple." We do have a doctor's appointment coming up in a few weeks, but I thought I'd post this here.

Anyone? Anyone?
post #2 of 32
I think it has something to do with Spina Bifida (sp?). I know that dimple in that area does anyway. Others will know way more than me though.

ETA: Ok, I'm thinking of higher up on the butt, like where the butt crack ends. Maybe still the same? I don't know.
post #3 of 32
Its got a name.......... sacral dimple maybe? My dd has one and its no big deal. It scared the CRAP out of me when I found it. Definately have his ped. look at it, but most often they are no cause for concern.

If you spread the dimple, can you see the bottom of the dimple? If you can, that's a very good sign. Some of these dimples don't actually close and they may require some additional care.

If you can find the bottom, then all you have to do is keep it clean. As he gets older, be sure he knows to keep it really clean. I have a friend who had her dimple get badly infected. She said having it drained was the most painful experience of her life
post #4 of 32
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Originally Posted by Lindsaylou
I have a friend who had her dimple get badly infected. She said having it drained was the most painful experience of her life
The things I never knew! It astounds me how interesting our bodies are!
post #5 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Lindsaylou
Its got a name.......... sacral dimple maybe? My dd has one and its no big deal. It scared the CRAP out of me when I found it. Definately have his ped. look at it, but most often they are no cause for concern.

If you spread the dimple, can you see the bottom of the dimple? If you can, that's a very good sign. Some of these dimples don't actually close and they may require some additional care.

If you can find the bottom, then all you have to do is keep it clean. As he gets older, be sure he knows to keep it really clean. I have a friend who had her dimple get badly infected. She said having it drained was the most painful experience of her life
Thank you SO SO much for responding. It scared me too when I saw it last night.

I can't spread it far enough to see the bottom -- it's a pretty tiny hole. But we have a doctor's appointment in a few weeks and we'll see if the doctor can see it.
post #6 of 32
I think this is just one of those weird things that can happen. I knew a fellow once who had 2 anuses...the second one, according to him, went about 4 inches deep and stopped. Did not investigate for myself . I don't think it's dangerous or anything.
post #7 of 32
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Originally Posted by New Mama
Thank you SO SO much for responding. It scared me too when I saw it last night.

I can't spread it far enough to see the bottom -- it's a pretty tiny hole. But we have a doctor's appointment in a few weeks and we'll see if the doctor can see it.

My pleasure. I knew right when I saw your thread title I had to come respond so another poor mama wouldn't be panicing! I remember very well how scared I was when I found my dd's.

I'm sure your ds is just fine Do remember to mention it your ped. though!
post #8 of 32
hey! I spent fifteen yrs in childcare b4 i had my own dc, and i had one little boy whose mom found the same thing on him when he was about 5 mos or so.,.... it was just one of those little dimples. I can't think of the name right now...it is fine as long as it stays clean and such. but you need to get the dr to look and see how deep it is....you don't want to go sticking a Q tip in there if you don't know how far it goes in!

I did hear of a girl having one and it began to gather fluid and she had to have it drained....not fun. so hopefully it will fix itself in childhoood
post #9 of 32
My girls both have sacral dimples and they are fine. It's usually nothing to worry about. Just keep an eye on bladder control later, as sometimes (not very often) it can affect bladder control a little bit. Approx 25% of people have this but don't know it b/c it's so mild.

Spina bifida occulta
http://www.sbhac.ca/OCCULTA.pdf
post #10 of 32
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Originally Posted by Jes'sBeth
The things I never knew! It astounds me how interesting our bodies are!

MY dh had this, so did his sister. MIL said they had a dimple when younger and over time I guess it got infected. I forget what it's called now though...darn.....oh yeah-it's called pallinoidal cyst(sp??)

Dh had a stupid doctor the first time and had to have it drained twice.It was HORRIBLE.

So, not saying this will happen, but watch closely as your dc grows up.
post #11 of 32
ds3 has a little one, and ds4 has a more pronounced one......

midwife told me about it at ds4's birth and said sometimes they have to remove a hairy little cyst from there when they are older! I was not in the mood to discuss it then so I didn't ask any questions, but doc seems to think it is normal enough.
post #12 of 32
my son has an extra one to. i didn't think it was a big deal though...so i didn't worry about it.
post #13 of 32
While working as a nurse I had a few patients who had pilonidal cysts removed. They said it was uncomfortable, but they felt better quickly after it was done.
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by Lindsaylou
If you can find the bottom, then all you have to do is keep it clean. As he gets older, be sure he knows to keep it really clean. I have a friend who had her dimple get badly infected. She said having it drained was the most painful experience of her life
too bad the gross out thread is dead, that would be a tale to tell in there!
post #15 of 32
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Originally Posted by milk_maker
too bad the gross out thread is dead, that would be a tale to tell in there!

Oh yes, if I added in the details it would be a doozy. My mom (who is a nurse) changed her dressing every day or two for a week and gave some really sick details. I took part on that thread and made the top 3 on many people's lists for my own stories :
post #16 of 32
I have what I think you are talking about. If it's right at the top of the bum crack near the tailbone area.... It's called a pilonidal cyst...or at least that's what it is when it is infected. I never knew I had it until I was about 20 years old. I've actually never seen one...as I cannot see my own!! But my doctor told me that around 18-20 is when a person will usually have a problem with it. At first I thought I had pulled a muscle in my back because I was just feeling alot of pressure near my tailbone. Then it finally ruptured and it was oozing nastiness! I was terrified. Went to urgent care and they told me that what it was. The draining was terrible pain. The doc said it rivaled childbirth. I never had mine removed just have to keep it clean especially if I were to get sweaty....just have to be careful.

ETA: I was too scared to ever have the surgery to remove mine, so when I felt a flare up coming I would take some antibiotics and it would go away. I haven't had a problem with it in about 5 years.
post #17 of 32
That area is usually checked at birth but I would follow up. My neice has symptom free Spina Bifida that was detected because of a pinhole opening in that area. She is monitered but at 4 seems to have no issues with it.
post #18 of 32

yep...sounds like a sacral dimple...

both my DD's have one. This new babe's even has a little hair patch in hers. Not too bad, kinda cute (at least until she hits puberty )

Nothing to worry about as long as you can see the end of the dimple...
post #19 of 32
and I thought ds was the only one- my mom and I both have sacral dimples but ds's seems more pronounced- it's at the top of his crack.
post #20 of 32
Bea has one, too. We refer to it as the "poop collector."
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