I have a lot of hair. It is kind of insane how much hair I have. Every time I have gotten my haircut, the hairdresser says “I have never seen anyone with such thick hair.” People say it is amazing. I think of my hair as a frizzy mess. It constantly has at least two very well formed dreadlocks in the back. Not that I am complaining. I am happy with my hair.Well, I was happy. Now it is a source of daily anxiety.
It is a well known fact that women have fuller and thicker hair during pregnancy. It is also a well known fact that postpartum, that lovely hair starts to fall out. And sometimes in clumps.
Anyways, A few weeks ago, it was really nice out. I went on a walk along the beach with my baby, and I decided it was warm enough to take off her socks. My daughter is really cute, really smiley, and really chubby. I mean really chubby. She has rolls and folds and oh she is just so cute and healthy. Good ol’ breast milk and lots of kisses. Anyways, I took her socks off, tickled her feet and we continued our walk. It was lovely.
We got home, I changed a diaper, kissed my daughters precious feet, and noticed her second and third toe on her right foot looked pretty swollen. Concerned, I took a closer look. I was horrified. One of my hairs had managed to wrap around my baby’s second and third toe, it was wrapped tightly. I started panicking. My baby was going to lose her toes. I tried to unwrap the hair. She started to bleed.
I was panicking and crying, Luna was bleeding and SCREAMING. My teenage son was the calm one. He secured Luna, he told me to breathe. I went and got the surgical scissors out of the bathroom, and while having an anxiety attack, I managed to cut the hair and save her little toes. She calmed a few minutes later. It took me HOURS!
A few days later, I was walking with a friend who also has a young baby and I told her the hair horror story. She said “I have heard of that before, it is called a hair tourniquet.” A what?
Anyways, I went home, looked it up, and sure enough I saw lots of images of baby toes and fingers that closely looked like Luna’s. I learned that it could have been much worse, I learned that often Drs will put a chemical to burn the hair off (I imagine something like Nair), I also learned hair tourniquets happen sometimes in other places too. Think baby boy. Yikes!
Anyways, I am happy to report that after about a week, the marks on Luna’s toes went away. But now, I check her hands and feet at least 10 times a day. I contemplated shaving my head to protect her, but my sweetheart talked me out of it. 😉
Be careful with your hair. Baby toes are precious.
Happy Spring~Yogini Tiff