Dealing with a crying baby is something every new parent has to encounter and although you want to give your child whatever it is they so desperately want, there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to console and calm down your infant.
We’ve all been there, but new parents Scott and Jessica Walker of Wichita, KS have shared an odd experience with their crying newborn to help others understand the importance of going through every possible scenario of why the baby is bawling uncontrollably.
When Scott Walker tried to comfort his 19-week-old newborn daughter Molly, he thought she might just need a diaper change, a nap, or a fresh bottle. However, the observant new dad became worried when he noticed the infant began to overheat. That’s when his wife did something that saved the day and took off their baby’s socks to cool her off.
The couple discovered that their daughter was screaming in pain from a hair tourniquet of sorts, a stray hair that had wrapped so tightly around her tiny toe, that it had cut off the baby’s circulation and caused excruciating pain.
While most of the time a baby is crying it will likely be for something a lot easier to figure out, their experience goes to show how crucial it is to thoroughly check out a tearful tot, because the answer may not be so obvious at first.
“Luckily for Molly, she has a mother with medical emergency superpowers who was able to remove the hair with tweezers and a magnifying glass within a few minutes.” Walker wrote on Facebook. “This picture was taken about 45 minutes after the hair was removed. Unfortunately, the hair managed to cut all the way through Molly’s skin, completely around her toe, but it could have been worse had it gone much longer untreated, or if the hair wasn’t accessible.”
Walker shared his family’s story warn other parents with young children and the photo quickly went viral, being shared more than 35,500 times.
“It was a pretty scary situation,” Walker told TODAY. “It ended very well, but it was scary enough where I wouldn’t want anyone else to deal with something like that, so I wrote about it.”
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[Featured Image: Facebook / Scott Walker]