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Hair Toe

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Our Marketing Coordinator, Michelle, is currently expecting.  She was telling me at a recent family gathering, her aunt informed her that when she washes her new baby’s footie pajamas or sleeping gowns, to turn them inside out to prevent hair toe.  Michelle had never heard of hair toe, but it is something that all new moms need to know about.

Hair tourniquet, also known as hair toe, is a medical condition that typically occurs in babies and young children.  When a footed clothing item is washed, sometimes a thread or hair will come loose and settle into the bottom of the seam.  As the child kicks throughout the day, the hair wraps around the toe, constricting with each kick.  If unnoticed, it can cut off circulation, cause massive swelling, and ultimately can result in loss of digit.

Ways to prevent hair toe:

  1. Wash footed items inside out.
  2. Inspect footed items prior to dressing your child to see if any stray hairs or threads are loose.
  3. If your child pulls away when you touch their feet and they are in footed clothing, check immediately to see if something is constricting their feet.

Early detection is key to saving your child’s toe.  If your child does have hair toe, call the office immediately!  Failure to remove the hair properly can result in having to cut into the child’s skin.

Hair toe can happen to any child, but by taking these precautions you can prevent this unfortunate and common injury.

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