Monday, January 9, 2012

Toe Tourniquet

Day 2 after Toe Tourniquet

Yesterday I was changing my 9 week old baby and she started crying, then screaming. I didn't know what was wrong so I started searching her body for something that was hurt. When I reached her feet, one of her toes was PURPLE!!!!! upon further inspection, there was a hair that had wrapped itself around 2 of her toes in the fold of her toe joint so I couldn't even see it. It was so tight I could not even get a nail around it, and every time I touched she would scream. *panic
So I got my little pointy nail scissors. uh, scarey thought when your baby is screaming and kicking her legs! I managed to cut the hair off to find that it had cut through her skin, all the way around her toes. it looked like she had fake toes screwed on! Poor baby. I put some neosporin on it and put some socks on. I was hoping when I looked today it would look better, but it still looks so ouchie. especially the under toe.
so I googled it, like I google everything...and I guess it pretty common, but some babies loose their toes that way!! I guess if the blood flow is restricted for too long the ligament can die?! scarey so scarey. So today I've been checking her toes and fingers like every 10 minutes... waaah!


  1. OMG!! wonder how the hair wrapped itself :O scary!

  2. Hi, I am new to your blog. Saw your hair clip video from MommyTipsbyCole & came across your blog. Thank you for posting this. I had taken my newborn(now 3 months) to the Urgent Care for some other issue, but the Dr mentioned hair tourniquets. I had never heard of this in my life, but he explained the EXACT thing you experienced with your daughter. I appreciate seeing the picture (as sad and painful it must have been for your little one). I am constantly checking her fingers and toes-especially now that she grabs and reaches for our hair.

    1. now there is a reply button and i can reply!! yes it is so scarey and i've heard of people who have had it caught on other body parts too!! horrible!

  3. it is SO scarey! i hope you never experience it!