Have any of you ever had one of your kids got a hair tourniquet on their toe/toes?
Since Sunday Teagan's been extremely upset, like WAY more than she usually is (she's a pretty fussy baby normally) and OF COURSE it was the same week that OH started a new job and is now gone 12-14 hrs a day. So I've been struggling. All she has been doing is screaming for HOURS! And her screaming is causing her brother to get upset and start crying, which really sucked. Anyways, she's been wearing sleepers since it's been kinda cold and socks seem to hate her feet so the only time I saw her feet is when I was changing her diaper, and even then I didn't look at her toes. I changed her clothes earlier tonight to a bigger sleeper since I thought she was stretching and it was causing her toes to cramp but that didn't seem to be helping her at all and she just kept stretching all the way out and crying so I changed her again into a onesie and pants to give her feet a breather. I had her sitting on my lap while I was looking at wedding photographers and just randomly felt her foot. I felt a hair in between her toes, so I went to look at it more closely and it was wrapped around it. I just touched it and she started screaming bloody murder I felt horrible. I woke up OH and I got some scissors but I was terrified to cut the hair cause I didn't want to cut her, so OH tried to unwrap her toe. Poor girl just screamed for 10 minutes while we tried to get it all off. It was like 10 hairs wrapped around two toes. Once OH finally got them all off I looked closer at her toe and it cut into her skin... I looked it up and we're really lucky because sometimes it can end up with a toe being amputated Obviously it wasn't THAT bad but I'm so relieved that we found it this early.
To make it worse during the whole ordeal her screaming scared Corvo so he was scared and screaming too.
I'm going to see how it looks tomorrow and call their doctor. I'm still really freaked out....
Sorry just needed to get that out. Definitely going to be checking their feet everything time I change their diaper from now on.
Aw hunny i went through exactly the same with Bobby. He was grumpy all day and had a sleepsuit on. My mum was changing his nappy when she noticed it. I was distraught because, like you, i didn't want to cut it incase i got his poor toes. At first i thought it had cut into the skin but luckily it had just swollen around the hair. Luckily as well that we were going for their jabs an hr later so i waited until then and the nurse cut them out. I have never been so scared! I rang my husband at work crying saying 'what if he loses his toes' It was horrible! xxxx
This happened to one of my twins when she was a baby. The hair was wrapped so tightly around her toe and she wouldn't let us near it. So we took her to hospital. They kept her in for two days after they removed the hair because it was so deeply imbedded and swollen, they weren't sure they'd got it all off. There was talk of taking her to surgery. I was horrified to say the least!!
The doctors say they see literally dozens and dozens of this occurrences every week. Didn't make me feel less guilty though! One tip I've picked up since it happened is if it happens again, to use hair removal cream rather than scissors. In theory it should just dissolve or break the hair. Don't know why I didn't think of that but I was in such a panic!
That is smart! I think what made me the most upset is that I've changed her diaper like 30 times since I'm pretty sure it got wrapped around and I NEVER saw it or even thought about it!
I called the doctor and she said that as long as it's not swollen or discolored/infected looking we don't need to go in. It did cut her toe though...it's all scabbed over so it definitely cut into her toe. Keeping a close eye on it though.
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