Father Warns Parents Of Potentially Serious Infant Health Condition (Photo)
A father raises awareness of a rare, yet potentially serious, health concern that his family experienced with his infant daughter.
After an incident with his daughter, Molly, Scott Walker discussed the manner in which a seemingly common problem could have progressed into a relatively uncommon tragedy.
“I was with the family over lunch and Molly was cranky and screaming–nothing out of the ordinary,” Walker posted on Facebook. “As worked up as she was getting, she started to overheat, which prompted Jess to remove her socks and cool her down. That’s when we saw her toe.”
Molly was suffering from a hair tourniquet. According to Medscape, hair tourniquet syndrome is a rare condition that involves a piece of hair, thread, or another thin material to become wrapped around a body part. This may lead to injury, pain, and sometimes amputation of the affected appendage. This condition, which tends to occur in young children, tends to affect toes and male genitalia. Infants under four months of age are considered to be at an especially high risk because of their mothers’ postpartum hair loss.
“Luckily for Molly, she has a mother with medical emergency superpowers who was able to remove the hair with tweezers and a magnifying glass within a few minutes,” Walker continued.
He posted a photo of Molly’s toe about 45 minutes after the hair had been removed. Although he mentioned that the piece of hair cut through his
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