Baby nearly loses toes after mom’s hair cuts off circulation for hours

2018-10-03 11:48
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A two-month-old baby boy from Devon, England, nearly lost four of his toes after a strand of his mom’s hair got wrapped tightly around them, cutting off the tot’s circulation, reports People.

Ezra Upton spent 12-14 hours with the hair around his toes said his mom, teaching assistant, Alex Upton (26) who only became aware of the situation after being awoken in the morning by the little one’s cries.

“It was a horrible experience,” she said about the incident that landed little Ezra in hospital last month.

“He wasn't having any of his milk and was just screaming. It wasn't until I was changing him and saw the little bit of hair that I realised why he was so upset,” she said.

Two of the infant’s toes were swollen and red from how tight the hair was knotted around them and Alex struggled removing the strand by hand.

After 15 minutes of trying to get her fingers under the hair, Alex eventually used a tweezer to snip the hair loose, writes Daily Mail.

“I feared Ezra might lose some of his toes and he could easily have needed [to have them removed] if I hadn't noticed the hair then.”

“After that, I did take Ezra to the doctors just to be checked over and they gave me some anti-bacterial cream to put on it.”

After such a big scare, the mom emphasises she’ll be checking everything for hair from now on and warns other moms about the dangers of a hair tourniquet.

“My advice to any parents would be when you’re changing [your baby] or putting on socks, or even getting them out of the bath, check thoroughly and make sure you turn clothing inside out first to remove any stray hair.”

According to Healthline, a hair tourniquet happens when hair strands wrap around a baby’s toes, fingers or genitals. They can be so tight that they cut through skin and damage nerve skin and tissues.

Sources: People, Daily Mail, Healthline

 

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