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    Default Removing Surgical Glue from Hair

    It's been a week since Taylor had her head stitched up. They used a surgical glue instead of actual stitches. I was told the glue would come out on its own, but so far nothing has happened. Does anyone know what I can use on her hair to get the glue out?
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    Try some olive oil. Put it in tonight and wash her hair tomorrow. Obviously don't go overboard with it, but it should work. I hesitate to suggest goo gone, but I would try olive oil if it were my kiddo.

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    Thanks! I'll give that a shot and give her a bath in the morning instead of tonight. If that doesn't work, maybe her pediatrician can tell me what to try.

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    Is it the kind of glue that's on surgical tape? (The criss-cross kind?)
    If so, a dab of alcohol on a small cotton ball will take it right off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grafxgirl View Post
    Does anyone know what I can use on her hair to get the glue out?
    Scissors.

    Gets ANYTHING out of hair.
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    Most surgical glues are a form of cyanoacrylate, aka, "Crazy Glue". You should be able to remove it - gently - using an acetone-based nail polish remover. Just be careful around the actual wound and be sure to wash her hair thoroughly afterwards.


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    Oh good grief, maybe you should just leave it alone!

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    Olive oil didn't help.

    I called the ER and the nurse manager there said to use Vaseline, Bacitracin or Neopsporin ointment on the hair and it should help it to eventually work its way loose. Do not use acetone because it will burn the skin.

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    Have you tried peanut butter yet? Or ketchup?

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    If you really put peanut butter on her head, please keep her away from squirrels for at least 48 hours. Don't ask me how I know this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by grafxgirl View Post
    I called the ER and the nurse manager there said to use Vaseline, Bacitracin or Neopsporin ointment on the hair and it should help it to eventually work its way loose. Do not use acetone because it will burn the skin.
    I didn't say to use raw acetone, which might burn the skin. FWIW, I have used nail polish remover with acetone in it to remove CA-based glues for years - on both children and adults - and have never had any problems with skin burns. My only concern with using something like Vaseline is that then you're stuck with a petroleum-based product in the child's hair; ever tried to remove Vaseline with just soap & water? Of course, I'm not a nurse, (nor do I play one on television), so you might want to ignore my advice and follow hers.

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    My next step is to call my hair dresser, Tara, and see if she has any ideas. I've got vaseline in her hair and have been running my fingers through it and figured I'll let her sleep with it and see if I can run a comb through it in the morning. I'm afraid the worst case scenerio is going to be me taking her in to have Tara cut it out of her hair.

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    Why not wait a couple days and see if her natural hair oils can work it out on it's own?
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    Tell her that she has split ends and her hair looks like crap.

    If she's a real girl, she'll cut it off herself, saving you a trip, and the chance that she'll blame you for her bad haircut.

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    Why not wait a couple days and see if her natural hair oils can work it out on it's own?
    It's already been 10 days.

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    I hear that Pam cooking spray works for things like this.



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    The vaseline has taken some of it out. I see the difficult part is going to be the one spot where it is stuck in her hair in a chunk right up against the scalp. I think the reasoning behind the vaseline is because it feels and acts like our natural hair oils, like KC was saying.

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