Because he's always climbing around or digging up dirt I am always cleaning under his nails, its a huge pet peeve to see dirt under his fingernails. He hates this, so I usually clean/cut them every few nights after he's fallen asleep. I go to check his nails and I see his thumb is swollen, red and has a white bubble above his knuckle. Above that, his skin is almost coming/cracking off and is a greenish yellow color. Around the base of his nail is also green. I'll post a pic under this in the comments because I am new to this site and haven't figured everything out yet.
I called my brother in law and asked where he put medicine on my son and he said it was just a small cut on his finger, that he never told me because he thought I knew. I woke my son up and asked him but he doesn't remember anything other than falling down. I will make him an emergency after hours appointment first thing tomorrow (Saturday) but I don't know what to tell the doctor in regards to how this happened. Obviously I'm going to tell the truth, even if I can't figure out what happened.
I'm thinking he either got a small cut infected or he fell on his nail, jamming it back. My husband thinks he may have slammed it in a cabinet or door. I am freaking out because I don't want him to loose his fingernail. It looks painful but he hasn't said one word about it, even washing his hands, he hasn't said it was stinging. I always thought the kid had a high pain tolerance because he barely flinched during shots, or when I peroxide his cuts/scrapes.
I guess I'm just wondering if any of you ladies have seen anything like this. I am already set on taking him to the doc but if someone can convince me its not super serious than ill wait until Monday. That's not likely that ill wait but I just want some other perspectives because I am freaking out!!!