What This Father Found On His Daughter’s Feet Might Prove To Be Life-Threatening
Kansas father Scott Walker is trying to raise awareness about a life-threatening condition that nearly claimed his infant daughter’s life. Walker noticed something really unusual about his infant daughter’s foot. According to him, his daughter was getting worked up one afternoon and began to sweat. His wife removed her socks so that she could cool down.
They saw that a hair tourniquet, a strand of hair that wraps tightly around a toe, was wrapped around her big toe. Hair tourniquets could potentially cut through the skin and cause circulation problems.
Had a small scare this afternoon with Ms. Molly. What happened was new to me, but apparently not totally uncommon, so I figured I’d share with my fellow parents out there.
I was with the family over lunch and Molly was cranky and screaming–nothing out of the ordinary. As worked up as she was getting, she started to overheat, which prompted Jess to remove her socks and cool her down. That’s when we saw her toe. This is called a hair tourniquet, which is literally a strand of hair that, while inside a sock, unexplainably wraps around a toe so tight that it can cut through the skin and potentially cut off blood circulation.
Luckily for Molly, she has a mother with medical emergency superpowers who was able to remove the hair with tweezers and a magnifying glass within a few minutes. This picture was taken about 45 minutes after the hair was removed. Unfortunately, the hair managed to cut all the way through Molly’s skin, completely around her toe, but it could have been worse had it gone much longer untreated, or if the hair wasn’t accessible.
The doctor told me, for future reference, to always check the toes if the baby is inconsolable. Just an FYI to any parents or care takers out there.