Babies, Parenting

This little girl would not stop crying

Carla McConnell by Carla McConnell
February 11th, 2016

When babies cry and cry and cry and CRY, it can be so bloody hard to work out what is wrong, especially after you have fed, soothed and changed them, Having had two myself, sometimes I figured my girls just bloody loved to shed a tear or 1068 cause sometimes there was NOTHING going on.

A little while back on Facebook, a baby’s toe popped up in my news feed. The tootsies belonged to 19-month-old Molly and was shared on her dad Scott Walker’s Facebook page. Scott shared the pic to get the attention of his fellow parents to check their crying and inconsolable babies’ toes in the unlikely event that, like Molly, they may be suffering from a hair tourniquet.

Scott and his wife Jessica were feeding lunch to Molly when she started to get distressed and wouldn’t stop crying. Jessica decided to remove Molly’s socks to cool her down thinking maybe she was a bit hot.

“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,” Scott wrote in his facebook post which has now been shared over 32,000 times.


Lucky for Molly, her mum is a nurse so she immediately removed the hair with magnifying glass and tweezers. The photo posted of Molly’s foot was taken 45 minutes after the hair was removed! Eeek.

Scott praised his wife for her quick action, “Luckily for Molly, she has a mother with medical emergency superpowers who was able to remove the hair…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.”

Lots of people commented of the post that this had happened to their children as well and doctors recommend parents check babies’ fingers, toes and genitals just in case a knotted hair could be the culprit, when they won’t settle down.

So keep a check on your kids toes and dangly bits cause rogue hair can cause more damage than I ever thought possible.

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