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When we undressed Feven for the first time we discovered that she had some bluish spots on her lower back and buttocks.
They really looked like bruises so we thought that she fell at some point. We never thought she was abused or anything but it can make a parent suspicious.
It turned out to be something called “Mongolian spots”, benign spots on the skin of black babies. Asian and Native American babies also have a high probability to have them.

mongolian spots

It’s very rare in white babies (around 3 to 10%) so that’s why most white adoptive parents don’t know anything about them and can confuse them with bruises.
About 95% of babies of East Africa have them, so the chances that your Ethiopian baby has them are quite high.
They usually disappear before puberty but anyway they don’t hurt or cause any other problem, they are just a high concentration of melanocytes under the skin, the pigment that gives it its color.
There is some controversy about this topic because white parents of children with Mongolian spots are advised to take pictures of their babies back as a way to document their existence so not to be suspected of child abuse, which I think it’s stupid. There have been cases of this happening before, so you never know…
If you want to read an opinion about the subject go to the blog of this adoptive mother.
Nobody told me anything about these birth marks before adopting, so I think is one more thing we white people are totally ignorant about regarding children of black race. The same happens with hair care and dry skin, so I think we humans don’t know or care much about each other and race is like a wall separating us.