BECOMING a parent is a wonderful experience – but from having to constantly change nappies to making sure a persistent cough isn’t a concern, there’s plenty to keep you on your toes.
And two moms added another thing to the ever-growing list of worries: hair tourniquets.
The two mom sisters, Nikki and Rach, shared the insightful post on their Instagram page, @tinyheartseducation, urging parents of newborn babies, especially women with long hair, to be more vigilant.
Sharing a photo of a baby’s foot with a cut-like scar, the sisters shed some light on the dangerous condition.
“Hair tourniquets occur when a hair or other fiber, like a thread, wraps tightly around a part of the body, most commonly on a finger or toe. ”
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The mums also added that other common body parts that can be injured include the wrist, genitals, earlobe, navel and nipple.
Although, the duo explained, tourniquets are relatively rare, they require prompt recognition and treatment in order to prevent long-term damage.
”They are most commonly seen in infants and toddlers due to their inability to tell us what is happening and where they are in pain. ”
The Instagram post also revealed that infants under four months are most at risk.
This, they pointed out, is because 90% of mothers experience hair loss after childbirth.
Since most infants and toddlers do not yet have the ability to tell their parents that they are in severe discomfort and pain, there are also a few other signs to look out for.
In addition to persistent crying for no apparent reason, the baby will have a straight line around a toe, finger, or genitals, which is usually accompanied by redness and swelling.
In order to treat a hair tourniquet, moms recommended applying a small amount of hair removal cream to the area and letting it sit for about 10 minutes.
Then simply rinse with lukewarm water – this should remove the hair.
However, if the hair or thread is still wrapped up or the skin is broken or bleeding, your child should be taken to the emergency room immediately.
The mum duo urged parents to save the post, saying: ”You never know when you’ll need it. ”
A mum saw it just in time, commenting: “Thank you for sharing.
”My 3 month old daughter had a strand of hair wrapped around her little ring finger yesterday. I’m so glad I got to see it!!
”So important to always check your hands, feet and neck!”
A second added: ‘I saw a similar post about this a few years ago and it’s the first thing I look for when my babies are upset and I can’t find a clear reason to explain Why ! ”
A parent shared her horror story as a child: “It’s something I’m so aware of as a mother!
”My mother had rather long hair, she slept with me when I was a baby.
“My dad woke up one night to muffled baby crying and my mom screaming.
“His hair had wrapped around my neck and I was turning blue.”
“We have a furry cat and man the amount of fur that wraps around our little ones fingers and toes is insane,” one user wrote.
“We check every diaper change now.”
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