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You Probably Didn't Know A Single Hair Could Be This Dangerous To A Baby


Babies are essentially just rolling flesh blobs you're responsible for who constantly try to kill themselves. It's like owning a water balloon that has a knife fetish. If there are ways to accidentally kill or harm themselves, babies are going to find them.

Just ask parents Scott and Jessica Walker who recently became familiar with the awful concept of a hair tourniquet.

Had a small scare this afternoon with Ms. Molly. What happened was new to me, but apparently not totally uncommon, so I... Posted by Scott Walker on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Do yourself a favor and don't Google “hair tourniquet.” It's disgusting. Thankfully, Molly, the baby pictured, is doing fine an -- you're Googling “hair tourniquet,” aren't you? OK. Take your time.

You done puking? Great.

Apparently, toe-tourniquet syndrome, as the doctors call it, happens when a hair wraps around a baby's digit in the sock. BuzzFeed reports this syndrome is as dangerous as it looks, potentially leading to amputation if not addressed early enough.

So if you have a baby for some reason, remember ABC: Always be checking (his or her toes for gross medical stuff).

Citations: Every new parent needs to see this baby photo (Metro), Toe-Tourniquet Syndrome: A Diagnostic Dilemma! (Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England), This Dad's Shocking Photo Of His Baby Is Shedding Light On A Dangerous But Common Condition (BuzzFeed)