Babies and hair tourniquets don’t get along too well as one dad from Kansas made it clear when he posted a photo of his baby daughter’s toe on Facebook.
Scott and Jessica Walker are the happy parents of baby Molly Walker. At a very young age, their baby daughter has already experienced this unpleasant event. A hair tourniquet formed around Molly’s toes prompted her loud cries and even tiny injuries.
As Molly is only 19 weeks old, Scott and Jessica dismissed her crying as another baby fit. However, when their baby daughter started to overheat, Jessica hurried to take off Molly’s socks. To her surprise, there was a hair tourniquet suffocating the baby’s toe. Scott took a photo of her tiny foot and posted on Facebook to let other parents know of the dangers the inevitable hairs around the house may pose to babies.
As Molly’s toe was suffocated by the hair tourniquet, the hair had also cut deeper in the skin. This caused the blood circulation to stop. The cut caused by the hair tightly wrapped around Molly’s toe could have also led to severe infections had it not been discovered in time. Moreover, a hair tourniquet can lead to the loss of the finger or toe on which it is found.
Both parents were relieved to have found what was causing their baby daughter’s crying fits. However, they were also scared at the prospects that a hair tourniquet could lead to serious consequences. Consequences most parents are fully unaware of. Neither Scott nor Jessica had ever considered this could have happened to their child.
Now that they learned first hand what a hair tourniquet is and how serious it could turn out, Scott took it upon himself to inform others that babies and hair tourniquets don’t get along too well. As for Jessica, Scott called his wife’s immediate reaction ‘medical emergency superpowers’.
Although the Walkers’ home is a clean and baby-proof home, such incidents cannot be foreseen. Hairs fall out everyday. For this reason, Scott shared Molly’s toe photo on Facebook. Raising awareness of the most unthinkable threats to babies’ health is the way to go.
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