Baby Molly’s parents got a big scare when they removed her socks and encountered a disturbing sight. One of the parents, Scott Walker now wants other parents to be on the lookout and learn from what happened to his daughter, as it is something that can easily happen to any baby. There are not many things as precious and beautiful as tiny baby toes, but an apparently harmless object almost cost the parents their baby in Wichita.
In a Facebook post released on Jan. 21, 2016, Scott Walker posted a picture of his daughter’s foot, with an account of the whole scary incident. According to the post, Molly was said to be uncomfortable and was screaming her lungs out, and the frenzy she was put up had caused her body to heat up. In her attempts to calm her clearly upset infant, Mrs. Jessica Walker removed her baby’s socks only to sight the case of the little child’s suffering. As seen in the photo, the girl’s toe was red and swollen because a strand of hair had accidentally wrapped itself very tightly around her digit, essentially cutting off the blood flow and causing her the pain. Scott Walker described his wife, Jessica as having “medical emergency superpowers” as she is a registered nurse, and was able to meticulously remove the hair strand with the help of a pair of tweezers and magnifying glass.
It was quite unfortunate that the hair was so tight around the girl’s toe that it has broken into the skin, this made the redness and swelling persist, even after 45 minutes the mother removed the hair.
The father remained confident, however, and said, “It could have turned out to be much worse had it stayed much longer on her legs untreated, or if the hair had fully penetrated the flesh.”
According to a care house, hair tourniquet syndrome is a common occurrence in infants below four months because nursing mothers are susceptible to hair loss due to hormonal change. Hairs are said to be shed about an average of 100 strands a day by a nursing mother in a particular hair growth phase. It was further explained by the National Institute of Health that changes in the endocrine hormones result in an excessive shedding of hair in the postpartum period, particularly in the 4 to 6 months after childbirth. Hair tourniquet is seen as a medical condition where a hair or other thread becomes tied around a toe or finger tightly enough to put the digit at risk of damage. The tourniquet can be formed from a loose thread or string. While it most typically winds itself around a finger or toe, the baby Health house writes that it “may also develop around vital organs like the scrotum, labia, wrist, penis, or ankle. In the gravest cases, a hair tourniquet can result in infection or tissue death.”
Since this a condition basically seen in children, the symptoms are hardly reported for adequate medical attention. Common signs reported are a sudden change in the child’s actions, they become uncomfortable and miserable. The toe can normally receive no more supply of blood, this causes swelling and blue coloration in the affected toe.
In a poll review, 44.2 % of the total hair thread tourniquet cases that occur involve the penis, 440,4% affects the toes, close to 8.6% involves the fingers and the rest for other appendages on the body including the tongue. Since hair is extremely thin, it is a commonly overlooked cause of significant damage to the body, especially infants like in the case of baby Molly. The wrapping of the hair and thread around an appendage is essentially considered to be as a result of repetitive movement of the part in restricted areas, but they are sometimes not accidental, especially in the case of abuse inflicted on infants.
The treatment involves quick response of any health practitioner to cutting or dissolving the ligature tying the particular digit. Experts advised that it is often possible to lift a side of the ligature to aid the cutting, but in cases when this is not possible, it must be cut straight through the skin. This will injure the kid but it prevents the loss of the toe involved. The use of chemical hair removal (depilatory) to dissolve the hair is also a common practice. Their use is only effective on human hair, not on threads, fibers or nylon. The worst cases of toe tourniquet were not recognized early by the parents and they usually result in a death of tissues in the areas lacking the supply of blood. These cases often result in amputation of the affected parts, but such cases are extremely rare. To prevent them from forming, bathe your baby and change their clothing frequently. If your child is strangely inconsolable, check for the redness or swelling on the body for confirmation.