Hair tourniquet is a relatively rare phenomenon which seems to affect the toes of infants in the majority of cases. It can however be found in older populations and can be found on fingers and genitalia.
In an unsettled infant remember to perform a head to toe inspection and don’t forgot about the possibility of a hair tourniquet being the cause of distress. The attached article offers an algorithm for treatment of hair tourniquets, with the primary recommendation being to use hair removal creams.
Dr Danielle Scarfe