The shocking damage ONE loose strand of hair could have on your baby – and what you can do to protect them

WHEN your baby won't stop crying, the first questions that spring to mind are: when did they last eat? Have they had enough sleep? Do they have a fresh nappy?

But if they still won't quieten down after you've gone through all these things, paramedic Nikki is urging parents to check their little one's fingers and toes too.

Posting on her Instagram page Tiny Heart Education, the mum informed her 140,000 followers about the dangers of hair tourniquet.

The preventable condition is where loose strands of hair gets caught around a body part and cuts off circulation – if left untreated, it can require surgical intervention.

In a Reel that's been viewed by over 117,000 users, Nikki wrote: "If your child is suddenly and inconsolably crying don’t forget to strip them off and check their fingers, toes and private area for stray hairs!

"Hairs can wrap themselves around their little parts and cut off circulation and cause immense pain and long -term damage."

Instead of trying to cut the hair off with scissors, Nikki recommends using a hair removal cream which dissolves it instead.

She added: "A quick and painless way to remove the hair is using a hair removal cream. Only apply if the skin is not broken!"

Within 10 minutes of application, Nikki says the strands of hair will start to loosen and may even change colour.

If you still can't remove it after applying the cream, the paramedic urged parents to take their children to A&E immediately.

A quick and painless way to remove the hair is using a hair removal cream. Only apply if the skin is not broken!

As postpartum mums experience hair loss, it's important not to brush it around your baby to reduce the risk of a hair tourniquet.

Dr Donald McGregor of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, then told The Sun Online tourniquet syndrome can affect a baby's toes, fingers – even the penis.

"It's one of the things I ask GPs and junior doctors to look for in the 'crying baby', if there are no obvious causes," he said.

"When hormones settle down after birth there's a bit more hair loss.

"We're not entirely sure why they can wrap so tightly but hair is softer when wet and contracts and stiffens when dry so that might be a factor.

"The best way to prevent tourniquet syndrome is by raising awareness and asking parents to check toes and fingers if their baby is upset."

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