A mother has spoken out about the terrifying moment her hair nearly strangled her son to death as they slept.

Emma Lewis Chipili, 35, was sleeping in bed with her 16-month-old Lincoln on Tuesday, Wales Online reports.

The mum-of-six said she could feel her young son moving around by her side, and suddenly realised her hair had wound tightly around his neck.

“He’s always bed-shared with me since he was a baby, but I’m always aware of being careful with my hair. It’s always been up.

“I had just loosened my hair a bit because I had a headache.

“I fell asleep and I could feel him moving around and I woke up and got up and realised my hair was tight around him.”

Emma said she started to panic and the more she tried to unwind the hair, the tighter it seemed to become.

She tried to get her fingers in-between her hair and Lincoln’s neck, but it was too tight.

“Everything just happened to quickly,” she said.

“I was hoping that someone else was there – it was scary.”

Thankfully, husband Justin had just arrived home and heard Emma crying and screaming.

Justin was able to quickly free Lincoln from the hair.

Emma said her son is doing well and was only left with a red mark on his neck after the frightening ordeal.

She is now warning other mums to be careful when sleeping next to their children.

“I have always followed the rules with that sort of thing.

“A lot of people would not know, a lot of people wouldn’t think about it.”

In a Facebook post following the incident Emma added: “Anyone [who has] long hair and shares a bed with their kids, please keep it up in a bobble!”

Share your comments below

  • Another reason it is not safe to co-sleep. Fortunately the baby cried.


  • That’s definitely something I would never have thought of lucky it all worked out in the end


  • Wow! Luckily her hubby came home and was able to help, I hate to think what might have happened if he didn’t come home in time. How scary!


  • OH dear how scary is this


  • You wouldn’t think this could happen!


  • that would be incredibly scary – good thing her husband got home at the right time!


  • Thankfully my hair has never been a problem – but it must have indeed been terrifying!


  • Aw bless, glad this ended well.
    With really long hair a braid might be handier to keep it safe and free of knots.


  • A,ways had my hair up I couldn’t handle it


  • How long is her hair hair? I’d imagine it would have to be pretty long for this to happen.


  • It’s pretty hard to picture this being a common problem.


  • I never even thought about my hair being a problem.

    • This is not the first story I have read about hair being an issue. :(


  • Scary. I don’t like co-sleeping, but if you really want to do it and you have long hair, better to tie it indeed.


  • Holey moley that is very scary!


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