Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Hidden Dangers to Your Baby's Toes: Toe Tourniquet Syndrome
The treatment for toe tourniquet syndrome is simple, removing the hair or string; however, that may be easier said than done. If the hair or string is not wrapped too tightly if can simply be cut off. In other cases, the hair can be dissolved in a solution, such as Nair. In severe cases, the hair or string will need to be surgically removed or dug out of the toe.
Toes are not the only place this can happen. Hairs and strings can wrap around baby's fingers and penises as well. If the hair or string is removed quickly, circulation is restored and no further complications occur, but if the hair or string has cut off circulation for a prolonged period of time amputation may be needed.
Preventing Toe Tourniquet Syndrome
There are preventative steps you can take to reduce the risk for toe tourniquet syndrome from occurring. Before dressing your baby, check the toes very well, especially after taking a bath or swimming. Flip socks and any clothing that have the feet enclosed inside out and remove any loose strings or hair. Check the insides of slippers, gloves, and mittens for any loose hairs or strings as well.
Symptoms of Toe Tourniquet Syndrome
Toe tourniquet syndrome causes an inflammation to the area and the skin will change colors. The skin can turn white, red, purple, pink, and even black. Sometimes, the hair or sting will be light in color or be wrapped too tightly to be seen by the naked eye. If you suspect your child may have toe tourniquet syndrome, it is essential to take them for medical treatment immediately. A doctor can exam the area with a magnifying glass and remove whatever is cutting off the circulation. It can take some time for the area to return to it's normal color and for the swelling to subside.
Has your child had toe tourniquet syndrome?