Parents of young children have lots to worry about ALL the time. When a baby starts to cry, there are literally thousands of different things that could be causing it — hunger, thirst, exhaustion, boredom and everything else under the sun. Usually it’s pretty easy to figure out what’s wrong with a baby, but when you start checking for all these things and STILL can’t come up with an answer, something may be seriously wrong.


One particular dad in Kansas can tell you all about just how stressful a situation a crying baby can be…

1Last September, Scott and Jessica Walker welcomed their new baby girl Molly to their family. Their eldest daughter Mya was particularly excited to meet her new little sister. For the next five months, the Walkers were as happy as a young family could possibly be. But then, at a random lunch outing, something went wrong.

While sitting and eating, Molly became very, very upset…

2Scott and Jessica were used to Molly being agitated, as she had previously experienced reflux and colic issues. But as they began checking Molly for anything that could be bothering her, something just didn’t seem right. Jessica soon realized that Molly had begun to overheat, so in an attempt to cool her down, Jessica removed her shoes and socks.

That’s when they noticed it…

3One of Molly’s toes had a piece of hair wrapped around it so tightly that it had cut into the skin and begun swelling! Scott and Jessica couldn’t believe it, but apparently this dangerous issue isn’t that uncommon among babies. It even has a name — toe tourniquet syndrome.

Realizing how many parents probably don’t know about it, Scott shared photos of Molly’s foot on Facebook to try and raise awareness…

4“What happened was new to me, but apparently not totally uncommon,” writes Walker. “This is called a hair tourniquet, which is literally a strand of hair that, while inside a sock, [inexplicably] wraps around a toe so tight that it can cut through the skin and potentially cut off blood circulation.”

“The doctor told me, for future reference, to always check the toes if the baby is inconsolable. Just an FYI to any parents or care takers out there.” 

5Scott’s Facebook post has now been shared over 22,000 times and is quickly informing parents all over the world! Toe tourniquet syndrome is extremely painful and extremely easy to overlook when dealing with a crying baby. Sometimes upon first glance, a piece of hair can be pretty difficult to see. But hopefully, as Scott’s post continues to spread, more and more parents will be able to protect their children from this rather serious condition.

Just like Walker says, “Maybe Molly’s tough luck will save a little toe out there someday.”