One evening, my two-month-old daughter was crying as though the world were coming to an end. She wasn't wet, she had just eaten and had enjoyed a long nap, so I had no idea what was causing her to cry.
I tried everything I could to comfort her, but nothing was working. Her wails grew louder and more frantic and I of course started to cry as well, thinking that something was horribly wrong.
Then I remembered something that I had read weeks before and had dismissed as ridiculous. It had said that if your baby is crying uncontrollably and you are unable to determine the reason, you should check her feet to see if a piece of hair had wound itself around one of her toes. Like I said: ridiculous!
But, it couldn't hurt to check, right? Sure enough, I found a piece of my long, dark hair wound tightly around my daughters tiny toe. It was wrapped so tightly that I had a difficult time removing it. Once it was removed, her tears subsided.
MORAL OF THE STORY: pay attention to all of the silly tips you hear. You never know when they might come in handy.