Any Ideas on how I get my 4 year old (m)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Any Ideas on how I get my 4 year old (m)
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Thu, 08-07-2003 - 10:01am
to stop chewing her finger and toe nails? She's got them BELOW the quick...

They look awful.

HELP!

Lisa

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 08-07-2003 - 9:02pm
My daughter started doing this when she was about 2 yrs old and 3 yrs later STILL doing it. I use to bite my nails and still pick and tear them so they don't grow. When she has bitten them so much that they hurt I explain there is nothing that we can do about it and she has to learn not to bite them that far down. Not long ago she wanted them painted and I explained that there was NO painting short nails....she let them grow long enough for me to paint them then bit them off again! I know there is certain nail polish that has a bad taste that you can buy. My mom did that - didn't help because I scratched it off!

Sorry, I know I didn't offer a solution. Have you tried seeing what your family doctor says?

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Fri, 08-08-2003 - 9:16am
Lisa,

There is really not much you can do at all for this. Both my dds chews their nails and while Sarah's (9) look awful, Abby's(4) are completely horrible at times. We have tried bribing, persuading, rewarding, all to no avail. I am hoping as they get older they may become a little more self conscience about it and try harder to stop.


For some very serious cases, medication is available. Abby has OCD and she is constantly trying to "take her nails off". She claims her nails "bug" her. We have to keep her feet covered at all times so she doesn't pull her toenails off. She will go through spells where it isn't as bad but then it starts back up again. She will chew until she has nothing but bloody sores on her hands and feet. We haven't tried any medication yet but it may be in Abby's future.



Another mother of nail biters,

Karla

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