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A hair tourniquet is the term for a piece of hair or a thread from clothes or a blanket that wraps around a child's finger or toe. It may also happen on other parts of the body, like a wrist, an ankle, or a boy's penis. The hair may wrap so tightly that it blocks blood flowing into the area. This can damage the tissue.
Sometimes the hair is easy to see. But sometimes it's so deep in the folds of the skin that it's hard to see.
Your doctor may remove the hair or thread in an emergency room or clinic. If the hair is deep, it may have to be removed by a surgeon in an operating room.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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