HAIR TOURNIQUET SYNDROME

Since becoming a mom, I have become obsessed with lint rollers. I even have a stash of backup refills for in case I run out. My husband is forever teasing be about my addiction but I can't go without it.


PS. Do not google Hair Tourniquet Syndrome, those are not pictures you want stuck in your head, believe me.

Random hairs love to stick to my baby girl's little cheeks that are always sticky from breastmilk spillage. I never knew our house and world are so full of random hairs and fluff.

Even something as simple as one of my long hairs can pose a threat to my little one's safety. All parents need to know of the existence of hair tourniquet syndrome.

It sounds way more complex than it actually is. Basically it is when a hair gets wound tightly around a baby's toes or fingers (or the genitals in the case of boys). The tightly wound hair then cuts off blood-flow to the digit and cut into the skin.

It is obviously very sore and in worst case can lead to the baby losing the digit if blood-flow is not restored in time. Usually a pair of tweezers and scissors can do the job but in some cases a doctor may need to operate.

If your baby is inconsolably unhappy, completely undress them and check them over, especially in the nappy, mittens and socks.

It would also be a good idea to invest in a lint roller and stock up on refills because you may think this will never happen but I have actually found hairs wound around my girl's fingers. Especially once they start playing during tummy time.

PS. Do not google Hair Tourniquet Syndrome, those are not pictures you want stuck in your head, believe me.

Additional Information:

https://www.sudocrem.co.uk/antiseptic-healing-cream/blog/hair-tourniquet-syndrome-parents-know/