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What colour is a babies skin when its born???

Hi everyone! This may sound like a weird question to ask but im curious!! When babies are born, i have heard that babies with parents of black american or say african decsent are born with white skin that slowly changes to their proper colour as they grow. Is this true or are all babies born with the right skin colour straight away?
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173939 tn?1333221450
Not all babies are born with different skin colour all over but among African descent you do find a lot who are initially a lot paler than they will be later on, probably among those whose original African descent has been mixed during slavery or during European colonization of their islands. A baby at he Ivory Coast, born to loacl parents, may be really dark to begin with. It is all in the gene pool. Just the same in Northern Europe all babies are born blue eyed and blond and only later change colour. Where I come from, you see nothing but blond and blue-eyed kids in kindergarten classes but grown ups do have all kinds of shades of eyes and hair. Skin colour remains the same from birth, though. That`s the late impact of the Vikings. And finally, in East Asia, most babies are born with the "Mongolian Spot" on their backs. It is a large purple mark that makes innocent mothers assume thier newborns were injured, but it disappears after a short while.
172826 tn?1423426556
A friend of mine had slept with a "white" guy one month after sleeping with a molato guy. (white mixed with black) Anywho when her baby was born he was really pale. He was born almost 3 weeks before his due date and he was too big etc etc anyways she claimed there were no other way. Anyways as years went by, 2 to be exact, the father which thought he was the father ordered a paternity test to be done, the child has a very dark skin tone color AND his hair are supper curly, like tight curls. Anyways results came back that the molato guy was indeed the father. We kept telling her his second week at home, the baby's that is, that he was not fully white. That it was with the first guy she had slept with a month prior.
156876 tn?1218634948
Are you aware that the word you are using is a racial term?  I am an African American mother of two multicultural children (black, white, mexican)and I find that word to be very offensive.  That term was originated during slavery and I think we have come far enough where it should not be used any longer.  Newborns color can or cannot change.  It can be as pale as the day they were born or it can change and become  a beautiful child of color.
172826 tn?1423426556
I am very very very very very very sorry that the terms I have used were offensive to you, I really am. I am not racist in anyway. The reason to why i did use that term was simply because some of my friends are also african/american or jamaican. Everytime I used the term african amarican to be polite they took offence to it-they prefered for us "white" people to just go by their colour if we don't know any of their background information. I have cousins and uncles and aunts who are african american and colours are not an issue to me-I should have posted within my post that I did not mean to offend anyone at all. I had a feeling this would probably happen and just to let you know I hold no grudge or judgement by a person's outsides or colour or ethnicity:) I am sorry for offending you, I will keep this also into considerations for the near future.
Dont feel bad, I am half Black and half White I belive fully that the pc police are only causing more separation. Making a word an issue  as opposed to intent makes us feel we have to tip toe around eachother. Why is it we can call any one of light complection white regardless of mix or background, but black or mullato isnt ok? All that does is say its ok to treat one group of people differently, which only divides cultures instead of unifying. I really do belive banning words like black or mullato only causes a negative cloud around people of color, its not even ok to mention our color so maybe it isnt ok to be that color. I know many would rather feel offended than consider my point of view, but my identity was a hard thing for me to find because people being uncomfortable to mention my race made me feel I should be uncomfortable to be my race. I grew up with only my white mother and I could tell people would look and be curious but no one dare ask, to me as a child I saw it as my mix being dirty, not realizing fear of words made even referencing the race difference uncomfortable for them. I also wonder what is any one to call us??? Many of us have never been to Africa; I dont want to be called Afrikan American, I prefer Black or Mullato. I actually have a t-shirt that say Mullato .We all need to stop being so easily offended, I dont know if we just love feeling offended as a nation or if its just the drama we thrive on. If you hate the word, over use it! Take away its strength.  Also I was born white skinned and looked mexican until i was about 10, and now the guesses I get around my race depends on how I wear my hair and time of year / tan I have.
164559 tn?1233711618
PoliticaL correctness will vary somewhat do to the area you are living in.  Here in Nova Scotia, parents prefer to have their mixed ancestry kids referred to as multi-racial, mulatto is an old slave term and is not much better than that other word.  I absolutely got that you meant no offense, we only learn things when others point them out to us.
172826 tn?1423426556
yeah exactly...I'm in ontario...And here thats how well the people I know work. I will definately keep that in mind. I didn't mean any offense by anything I said and I appologize.,
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Babies of African Descent are almost always born very fair skinned.  Their permanent skin color may not develop until 6 months or more.  This is regardless of the recentcy of racial-mixing in the baby's background.  Melanin (the "stuff" that makes you darker) production is activated by sunlight--[not much of that in the womb].  Hence--sun tanning.    
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a quatercast girl slept with a white lad with reddy blonde hair then a halfcast lad all of them have hazel colur eyes the baby that came out is white blue eyed and has really light brown hair with some red in and wavy hair which one would you say is the dad
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I was born with dark skin but as I grew older my skin lightened to an reddish brown color. My mother is light skin and dad is dark I mean really dark skin. How is this possible? Oh yea I fail to mention that both of my parents are black. Can anyone answer that enigma. I thought it was the opposite. Light to dark and not dark to light or fair skin????
I was taught in nursing school that all babies are born white and it takes a day or several weeks for the pigment to kick in.  Didnt know if that was true as Ive never heard that but I did hear about the blue eye thing and believe that is true.  I think your skin can change at any time. Lighten, darken, or get spotty. I have noticed that when black people get older, their skin seems to get lighter. Maybe because it is dry and we don't care anymore about putting on lotion everyday.
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