Hair wrapped around a child’s toe or finger

Posted in kids health on Jan 18, 2009

Occasionally a human hair can accidentally become so tightly wrapped around a baby’s or toddler’s toe or finger that it becomes sore and swollen. See photo. The danger is that circulation can be effected. This is why Annie was rushed to hospital yesterday.

I saw a hair was wrapped around her toe when I was dressing her. Up until then I’d had no idea anything was wrong as she was acting normally. The toe though was very tender to the touch and the hair so tightly embedded that I could see would not be able to remove it.

“We’re going to have to take Annie to hospital,” I told Tom gravely.

“But, I haven’t had my breakfast yet,” he fired back, outraged at the thought of missing out on his weetabix.

The GP and our local hospital immediately said they would not be able to remove it and so we were sent by ambulance to Sheffield Children’s hospital where it was removed with a scalpel and tweezers by a paediatric surgeon.

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12 Responses to “Hair wrapped around a child’s toe or finger”


  1. Ruthie says:

    OMG!! The exact same thing happened with my little girl last night too!
    I rushed her to the ER, she was acting completely normal too but her little toe
    was starting to turn blue. :( I was so scared, but luckily the doc had seen this
    before and took care of it. I’m SO glad that I always kiss her toes when I see her
    feet!!

  2. leanne says:

    Really frightening, isn’t it.



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