Both of my difficult child's picked their toenails to the point they bleed. difficult child 1 finally quit when he was about 15 and had to get his second big toenail surgically removed. Wee difficult child is having his first "toenail" experience as we speak. He came to me last night, without shoes, as is the norm, and I noticed his big toe was HUGE and PURPLE. I asked him if it hurt. "Uh, not really." been there done that with difficult child 1, so I took him to the doctor today and just what I suspected. Its infected from picking his toenails to the quick and beyond. doctor is fairly worried about it...put wee difficult child on antibiotics (he's only 3 days off a Z-pack, so he's got a good one going) and we're to go back if it doesn't look at least a little better in 2 days; provided it calms down, next Monday, they will remove part of his nail and open it to drain and hopefully not have to drill thru his whole toe - which is new one to me. In the meantime, doctor wants him to wear socks. ROFLMsocksO. Actually, wee difficult child agreed to wear one sock. We'll see, hopefully he will. I'm checking the sites for seamless socks as we speak. These kids... I tell ya.