We’re having a stressful few days in the Microboy household…
On Thursday we noticed that one of Jim-Jam’s toes was horribly swollen and red, due to being wrapped (or more like garrotted) tightly in a long hair. After trying in vain to remove the hair myself, and seeing how much pain my attempt was causing Jim-Jam, G took him immediately to A&E.
Two days later, following two attempts by doctors to tweeze off the hair (in frustratingly poorly-lit conditions) it still looks no better to me and I am yet to be convinced that the garrotte is dealt with, though the doctors insist that it is.
I now know that the problem is quite common and is known as toe tourniquet syndrome. (James’s toe still looks almost identical to the top picture on that page). Apparently this issue is surprisingly common and tends to be caused by the mother’s hair falling out in droves a few months after childbirth – all it takes is a single loose hair to get stuck to a clammy baby foot, and the next thing you know it is wrapped tightly aroung the toe. If it gets wet (e.g. in the bath) it tightens when it dries, becoming a deep, horrible tourniquet.
For those of you with small babies… the preventative measure is to rigorously check your bablet’s fingers, toes and even penis for loose hairs every single day, e.g. when you bathe them or change a nappy.
Anyway please wish us luck… Micro is on antibiotics 4 times a day and we will be taking him to the GP for a check on Monday. If it has not improved by then I am going to be pushing for urgent surgical removal before we lose this poor toe!