Every new parent needs to see this baby toe photo

Don’t panic, parents, but you may need to put this condition on your baby-health-monitoring radar.

Scott Walker, a Kansas-based father of two, is sharing a photo of his baby’s foot for a very important reason: to make sure other parents are aware of a dangerous condition, and know what to do in case it happens to their child.

 

Scott and his wife, Jessica, welcomed baby Molly into their family back in September.

 

She was born a few weeks early and experienced complications immediately after her birth, but recovered in hospital and is now happy and healthy.

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But at a recent lunch, Scott and Jessica noticed that Molly had become agitated and ‘very upset’. They tried to calm her down using their usual techniques, but nothing was working.

‘Something seemed “off” this time,’ Scott told Buzzfeed.

Molly’s parents could see she was overheating, so took off her socks. That’s when they noticed something strange.

 

A piece of hair had become wrapped around one of Molly’s toes so tightly that it had cut into her skin and caused it to swell.

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This condition is called a hair tourniquet, and can cut off a baby’s circulation, causes significant pain, and can even lead to infection and the loss of fingers and toes. The condition can also occur on genitals.

 

Thankfully for Molly, Jessica caught the problem in time and was able to remove the hair with a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers.

 

‘The hair managed to cut all the way through Molly’s skin,’ wrote Scott on Facebook, ‘completely around her toe, but it could have been worse had it gone much longer untreated, or if the hair wasn’t accessible.’

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Molly’s parents want to spread the word about the condition and its risks.

They encourage parents to always check fingers and toes if their baby is ever entirely inconsolable – and to take them along to the hospital if the hair isn’t easily removed.