DS5 (3yrs) has a largish 'dimple' at the top of his bum cheeks at the bottom of his spine. I happened to come across an article which mentioned that its usually formed because of v.mild spina bifida! OMG i was truly amazed, kept on reading and apparently its unlikely to cause any problems if they havent been spotted so far. the article mentioned that as many as 10% of the public have this misformed vertebra.
I always thought it was just cute - but hey i thought his 'commando crawling' was cute too and look where that got him!
My DD has it, she has diagnosed mild spina bifida, but also another condition related to the spine too. If it wasn't for the second condition though, it would almost certainly cause her no problems and probably would have gone unnoticed.
DD1 had it. No-one commented. DD2 has it. No one commented. I also read something about spina bifida and got a bit curious - after much twisting and turning in the mirror, turns out I have it too - which reminds me, must chase up GP re: trying to get me an ADHD diagnosis...
The thing is DS5 was a home-birth, and the MW who came to do his birth checkup (count the fingers etc) mentioned it in passing and that was about it. You'd have thought it would have been brought to the attention of a Paed or something, just to confirm that it really wasnt a problem .
He is however a bit hyper 'busy', always on the go. And he has many intolerances <refering to the artical which states that 73% of people with spina bifida occulta have a latex allergy> ...
LOLat TC- wuldnt know if I ahd one for same reason
Poor ds2 is on way to casualty after yet another clumsiness related accident in dance class at school, so maybe there is something in it, OTOH ADHD is also related to sibs with asd.... maybe we're just effed up as a family?
Hmmmm - ds2 has been in and out of hospital with different problems (all mild by the standards of the other children we've seen there) and no one has picked up on his cleft above his normal bum cheeks and it is quite noticeable. Thanks for posting about this - I may raise it at his next paed appointment -if i can face yet another sheet being added to his medical records. Does anyone know if investigating it involves any tests?
DS2 has one. The paed who dx him with autism saw it (I assume) and didn't comment on it. Quite interesting how many DC have them. I have often wondered if it could be a visual sign of something. So much so, that when DS3 was born, I checked to see if he had one as well. He didn't. Sounds silly, but I felt relieved he didn't.
Hi - my ds is currently under scrutiny re: an odd dimple (he may have a tethered cord) so I've been googling like crazy! I'm sure the majority of these dimple, etc., are merely our children's 'version' of normal, but Peachy, your mention of a 'hairy' patch reminded me of some of things I've read such as: www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tethered_cord/tethered_cord.htm
I'm not meaning to be alarmist, but it might be something you want to check out, just to be on the safe side. I hope you don't mind me mentioning it.
My nephew (3) has one and it was spotted after he was born. The doctor had a look in it with a torch and said he could see the end so he didnt think it was a problem. Had to have a scan but they said everything was fine.
Sorry, I know google isn't gospel, but this is a response from a doctor which I thought was helpful and made sense. There was more info on the page about the biology of how the dimples are formed, which is described as if you roll a piece of paper but the edges of the paper don't quite fit. Multiply the number of pieces and some times you will get crumples in those tubes that haven't quite fitted together properly.
Cut and Paste: 1. Can the floor of the pit or dimple be easily visualized? Divots in which the bottom portion cannot be seen may be evidence of a neural tube that never closed completely. 2. Does the pit have a tuft of hair growing from it? This again make a pit suspicious for deeper involvement. 3. Is the neurologic exam normal? If there is significant involvement of the spinal column, there may be weakness in the legs. 4. How high up on the back is the dimple? Most dimples very low on the back (just above the buttocks) are of little concern. The higher the dimple is, the more likely it is to be associated with defects in deeper tissues. 5. Are there signs of any other defects? The brain, spinal column, kidneys, as well as other structures form at the same time the neural tube closes. Therefore, if there are any malformations in any other parts of the body, it becomes more concerning that the neural tube may be involved as well.
I will still take DS to the docs, but I think he falls into the benign category as the dimple is low and I could find the bottom of it.
Ha ha 5inthebed - do you know what, it hasn't yet but looking inside it, it did look a bit sore and read, like it had probably got cream or whatever in it over time but had never been properly flushed out/cleaned.