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The hidden danger in baby's bathtime.

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A TEESSIDE mum has urged other parents to be vigilant - after a post about a HAIR wrapped tight around a baby's toes went viral.

Heather Fricke's warning after her son almost lost two of his tiny toes has been shared on social media 220,000 times.

The Facebook post brought back terrible memories for one Saltburn mum, after she had to rush her own 16-month-old daughter to hospital for exactly the same thing just a few weeks before.

She has warned parents to check their babies' fingers and toes if they're upset and they can't work out why - as it could be something as "random and dangerous" as this.

A long hair had inexplicably become wrapped around her baby girl's toe so tight, both she and her partner were unable to see it.

She said: "I'd just got my daughter out of the bath and noticed the end of her toe was swollen and purple.

"She was clearly in pain, I knew something was wrong but the hair was so tightly wrapped around the crease of her toe it was like cheesewire, we couldn't see anything at all. "We took her straight to Redcar Primary Care Hospital.

"The nurse was brilliant, I didn't even get her name.

"She knew straightaway what it was, took a scalpel and began removing the hair, trying not to cut her toe.

"We had to hold her down. It was horrendous.

"She cut some away then unwound a long hair from around her toe, which could have been either mine or my other daughter's.

"If it hadn't been removed in time, my baby could have lost her toe.

"The red marks stayed for days afterwards.

"The most terrifying thing is, it was pure chance that I didn't put her baby grow on her straightaway.

"I might not have noticed in time and that doesn't bear thinking about.

"This is probably more common than people think.

"If your baby is upset and you don't know why, I'd say it's always worth checking their little fingers and toes - it could be something as random and dangerous as this."

The medical condition - called a hair tourniquet - happens most in babies and small children.

Hairs can become wrapped around toes inside socks and shoes and can tighten with wriggling.

Heather warns in her Facebook post: "CHECK YOUR BABY'S TOES AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN!!! And if you have a baby boy even his private parts. Yes I said private parts... they are such tiny babies and our hair can be such a hazard but it's something that we never really pay attention to." WHAT TO DO Parents' website fitpregnancy.com advises examining your baby's toes, fingers and boys' private parts 'at every bath' to prevent hair tourniquets.

"Make sure they're all a normal colour," nurse Madelyn Goble advises on the site.

"Also look for any indentation that's more pronounced than in other areas."

"If you do find a wrapped hair that isn't too tight, go ahead and remove it. If it's very tight, don't try to cut it off; seek medical advice.

"There are certain ways you have to release a hair tourniquet in order not to nick a nerve."

If you find a hair tourniquet on a boy's private parts, or if a finger or toe is discoloured, then you should seek medical assistance.

Don't forget the serious business of checking you child's extremities Picture posed by model

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Heather posted this picture on Facebook of baby son Jacob's toes after a hair got wrapped tight around them
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2018
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