My husband has suffered with this condition ever since i've known him. We broke up in Jan and have a 7 year old boy. It came to light recently that he is encouraging my son to pick his own and his scabs, toe and finger nails. It's really sad and i feel for him but i've had to stop him seeing him until he can accept he has a problem. I just don't know and can't find any information anywhere about people with this condition doing it o other people. Any body out there that can help me with this. I've siad to my husband he has got to stop doing it but i've caught him in the past doing to my son while he was sleeping. It's very worrying.
sand64 sand64
1 Response May 20, 2012

I've been reading the scientific literature about skin picking behavior (there has been surprisingly little research into it), and found a couple mentions of people compulsively picking the skin of other people. So, it happens. I know that I will pick my husbands skin if he lets me :)<br />
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I'm sorry that you're going through this turmoil, but I think that you've done the right thing by separating from your husband (IMHO). Your husband picking his son's skin while he is sleeping could be considered child abuse. It is, after all, an infliction of physical harm. Anyone who suffers from this condition (like me) can tell you how physically and mentally damaging it is. For your husband to encourage your son to engage in this behavior is just......wrong.<br />
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I have a 2 year old, and it makes me cringe to imagine her engaging in the kind of skin picking behavior I engage in. I can't imagine encouraging her to do it. Your husband needs help. If he's not willing to admit he has a problem, and is unwilling to get help, well, then you've done what you have to do to protect your son.<br />
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