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Day care providers need better understanding of Mongolian Spots

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To the editor,
My name is Yvonne and I'd like to raise awareness about Mongolian Spots. A Mongolian Spot is what looks like bruising on your body. People of mixed race or of a different origin are usually born with it. Not all people of a different origin have the patch or spots. The Mongolian Spot usually is located on your bottom, back, or arms.
I would like to raise awareness because of what happened to me. I had brought my two children to day care for their first day. The morning went well. When I showed up to pick them up, I was met by one of the day care workers. She had asked me if she could talk to me in a private room. When I went in, I was welcomed by a DCYF worker, a detective, and a Laconia Police officer. The detective said he would like to speak to me about my youngest daughter and the bruising on her butt, back, and shoulder. I was shocked! I explained to the detective that the bruising was actually the Mongolian Spot and that my daughter had is since she was born. After explaining this, everyone looked at me funny. They didn't believe me and had never heard of Mongolian Spots.
I was getting very frustrated because I was not getting through to anyone. I thought I was minutes away from losing my children for something I didn't do. They were claiming child abuse. I felt backed into a corner and didn't know what to do. I decided to call my daughter's doctor who agreed to speak to the detective. The doctor explained to the detective exactly what the spots were and where it was located on my child. When the doctor verified the Mongolian spots and explained that they existed on my daughter since birth, the detective was dumb-founded with the results. The detective really thought it was bruising.
I am writing this to provide education to prevent similar future incidents from happening to other families. My hope is that day care providers and other professionals working with families better understand more about the Mongolian Spot. For more information, please ask your doctor or you can visit: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-mongolian-spots. Thank you taking the time to read this.
Yvonne Smith