LorelNicolette's Journal

Confessions, reflections and rants

I had to run some errands on Saturday, and took my 3 month old daughter along with me.  Before I went into the post office, I noticed some of my loose hair on her.  When I went to pull it off I felt a slight tug, but thought nothing of it.  When I looked down again, I still saw the hair stuck to her back.  This time when I pulled it, I felt it break.  It seemed a little odd to me, but I continued with my errands.

Once home, I went into the bedroom to change Taylor's diaper.  As I was changing her, I noticed that her feet didn't look right.  Her toes were bulging and bright red.  I moved her to the bed to try and get a better look.  My hair was cutting off the circulation to two of her toes!!  I felt myself start to panic as I feared the worst.  It looked like she could possibly lose her toes. 

The swelling caused the hair to slice deep into her skin which made it near impossible to see anything.  I was able to loosen it a little bit which caused Taylor to scream in pain.  Feeling helpless, I yelled for my husband to come help me.  He got a flashlight and laid her on the dining room table while his mom worked to remove the hair.  Shaking terribly, I went outside to call the ambulance.    

The paramedics got here within minutes and looked her over.  They were as baffled as we were about the situation.  Even though this was a first for them, they assured us that her toes looked like they would be okay.  We decided to decline the ambulance and drive to the hospital since the situation had defused a bit. 

The Dr. at the hospital did a quick inspection of her toes, pointing at the signs of blood flow.  He assured us this was a good sign.  To prevent infection, he told us to wash the cuts with soap & water, and apply antibiotic ointment throughout the day.  He told us what complications to watch for, and sent us on our way.

When we got home, I immediately started searching the Internet for information.  I learned that this happens fairly often to infants.  Especially since maternal hair loss peaks for most mothers when the infant is 3-4 months old.  The clinical name is toe tourniquet syndrome, and can afflict fingers and toes, as well as the penis and labia.  It results in pain, swelling and sometimes loss of the appendage. 

I am so glad that we noticed her toes when we did.  She very well could have lost them.  Taylor had not been unusually fussy so I wouldn't have thought to check her toes had she been wearing socks.  From now on I am going to be a lot more careful with my loose hair.  I have already been doing thorough checks of her socks, sleepers and blankets.  I recommend the same for anyone caring for small babies.

Here is a picture of her poor little foot a few hours after we returned home from the hospital. 

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:07 PM

You did good, Lorel :) I'm very glad that she's alright. I'm sorry this happened to her, and that you had such a scare!

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:08 PM

This happened to my nephew twice! It truly is scary!!

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Yikes! Those poor little toes!!! I'm glad she's okay, Lorel. 

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM

oh mommy I so sorry you and baby had to go through that. I had it happen to my oldest (not as bad but scary) and also to my my besties son too. we try so hard to keep em safe from well everything and something like that happens. Im glad she is ok and it seems you are on top of prevtion. Thanks for sharing with ohters

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM

I'm glad she (and you) are doing better.  You are a wonderful mother.  Thank you for sharing this incident with others so they can be made aware and know what to watch for.

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Poor sweet girl.

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:22 PM

This has happened with my son several times, although never to such a degree!  I never thought it could be this serious! 

I can imagine how you must have felt when you saw her toes!  I am so glad she's going to be alright. 

I am going to pay much closer attention to this with my son.  I would NOT him to lose what I've found my hair wrapped around!!!!!  Let's just say it's a little more important that his toes!  My long hair falls out constantly and it's everywhere.

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:22 PM

poor peanut!  yet another reason why when you become a mom, your hair seems to get shorter and shorter!  glad she's okay! 

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Oh wow! That's terrible. Stupid hair. I shed like crazy!!! I've heard of this before. Glad you noticed when you did.  Hope it gets all better soon!

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Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:30 PM

I'm glad she's ok!  The same thing happened to my sister.  She was crying and my mom couldn't figure out what was wrong.  Finally, we saw this was the case and took her to the doc.  I'm so glad she's ok, Lorel!

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