A mum has issued a warning about the dangers of Tourniquet Syndrome after her baby's toes were nearly amputated from a strand of her own hair.

Mother-of-four Jill Mraidi, 46, opened up about the trauma her family went through after her four-month-old son, Qasim, became a victim of Tourniquet syndrome.

In January 2017, Jill vaguely noticed a strand of her hair on Qasim’s toes while she dressed his feet in a pair of socks, but didn’t think too much about it.

When she removed his socks, she found his toes had turned red and were bulging.

They appeared to be nearly sliced off as the strand of hair had cut off circulation.

Qasim’s feet showing where the hair was wrapped around his toes when he was a baby

She immediately booked an appointment with her family paediatrician and Qasim was diagnosed with Tourniquet syndrome.

Speaking about the traumatic moment, Jill, from Orlando, Florida, said: “Qasim was being fussy and pulling at his socks, so we took one of them off to look.

"I vaguely remember a small piece of blonde hair that was barely visible but disregarded it thinking it could have nothing to do with what I was looking at.

Qasim as a baby

“I panicked when I saw his toes because it looked like they were being sliced off so I kept looking but I couldn’t find the cause.

“I immediately called for an appointment with his paediatrician and they got us to the clinic within 2 hours.

“My paediatrician looked at it and knew right away what had happened.

"He proceeded to pull out a medical book and flipped to a page that had a picture of a baby with Tourniquet syndrome, and I agreed that’s what it was.”

Jill Mraidi with her son, Qasim, as he is now

However, Jill was horrified to realise the injury fell under “abuse and neglect” in the state of Florida’s medical journal – and that her doctor could have informed the authorities about the case.

She said: “I was mortified and perplexed at the same time as I am a former child protection investigator (CPI) with the Department of children and families (DCF) here in the state of Florida.

“Our paediatrician explained that was one possibility.

Qasim aged 4 months shortly after the tourniquet syndrome

"As we have been seeing him for over 10 years since the birth of my child, he agreed this was not the case with us.

“However, had he not known us he may have called it in.

"The thought of this is horrific because any innocent parent could have become the target of a DCF investigation.

“Also, we had seen our paediatrician a few days prior and even went for physical therapy assessment the day before, but nothing was present.”

Jill is warning parents to check items before dressing their babies

Jill said she was incredibly lucky to have noticed the abnormality in her son’s feet, saving three of his son’s toes from being amputated.

Jill, whose son is now four-years-old, is warning parents to check items before dressing their babies.

Jill added: “The paediatrician was so thankful that we got him in as quickly as we could, which isn’t necessarily possible in most to paediatric offices.

“However, in our case, it potentially saved him from having three toes amputated.

“He has healed completely with no remaining scars.”