how do I get my daughter from bitting her nails????

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Dear Michelle, I have been a nail bitter all my life and I have tried many times to stop. I'm 32 and 1 of my 3 children is a nail bitter too. It may be a sensory thing. Keep telling your child to take their fingers out of their mouth, but say it with patience. Encourage good hand washing. And trim her hangnails often, they may hurt her, even if they wouldn't on you. My mother used some of that nail bitter on me and really it's not worth the money. And I was encouraged with pretty nail polish and rings , then later shame. In order for her to stop she really has to do it on her own. Is she nervous, or prone to nervousness. The cause of this awful habit really isn't clear, but in time she'll figure it out. And she stop on her own too. Sorry I'm not more helpful but if you do find something, please let ME know.

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my mum used to bribe me with a manicure to get me to stop... worked too.

she used to tell me that younge girls dont bite their nails and that its a dirty thing to do, but also would say that if i didnt bite then and grew them long she would paint them with pretty coloured nail polish.

it worked a treat except my poor mum had to endure me coming up to here every day and saying "look at how long my nails are getting mum... arent i doing well".

Tiffany - posted on 07/24/2009

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IDK, I am 31 and I still do it... I know all the crap about it, but it is a compulsive thing. I dont even know I am doing it. Hubby will be like' are you gonna leave any finger?' and I dont even know that i was biting my nails...

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michelle, when did they take that bitter nail stuff off the shelf? cause not even 6 months ago, my daughter (3 years old)was biting her nails and i was able to buy that nail stuff. hmmmm...anyways...the nail stuff DID work for a while but then i think she got used to the taste. not only was she biting her nails, she'd bite and tear off her hang nails. she'd cry all the time about how sore they were. so i started making a ritual with her where we'd do our nails together. paint them and make em all pretty...i let her pick out her own nail polish in the store, and we'd sit there and soak, clean cuticles, file the nails and paint them. she was so proud of her pretty nails, "just like mommy's" she's say...lol.. she stopped biting them.

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I agrre with jennifer on that one. I am still and occisinal nail bitter. As my daughter got older it was the promise of me doing her nails for her if she let them get long. It has kinda worked. It worked with my neice before they moved away

Kristin - posted on 07/24/2009

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You can purchase the item to put on her nails online. It is called Mavala Stop. I just purchased some to help my 4-year-old stop sucking his thumb. It works for a few hours, but does wash off, so reapply as needed. We call it "the helper" (we tell him it is there to help him be successfully stop thumbsucking, rather than a punishment for the habit).
Also, my pediatrician's advice was to make my thumbsucker stand in a corner if he chose to do it (as in, you can't do it around people, but if you must you can do it in a corner). May work for nail biting, too. Good luck!

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I have a 15 year old that still bites her nails. I bit mine until I was in my 30's. It is nothing more than a nervous habit. For me and my daughter it is a stress reliever. When I did quit biting mine, it was just a decision I MADE, I repeat I made the decision, no one made it for me. When I was younger, family members tried to get me to quit, putting things on my fingers, but it made me bite them even more. I know it is an ugly looking habit but as long as she is not making them bleed and she is washing her hands to keep them from getting infected, ignore it. When she is ready, she will quit.

Michelle - posted on 07/23/2009

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the thing that you are talking about to put on her nails have been taken off the market and I've tryied to ignore it as well but she almost have no nail left what Iam I talking about it there is no nail left..

Christal - posted on 07/22/2009

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i have to disagree with tamara. you can ignore it all you want but a habbit is a habbit, it will be harder to break in the end...i want to stop biting my nails badly, but i've been doing t for so long i cant stop. i usually do it when i'm bored, or nervous. some habbits are harder than others to break.

Tamara - posted on 07/22/2009

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I'd ignore it. The more attention you pay to it, the more she'll do it. Ignore the habit and it'll go away in time.

Christal - posted on 07/22/2009

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my mother bought this liquid stuff for me when i was younger to make me stop sucking my thumb. i cant remember the name of it. but it comes in a bottle like nail polish and with a brush and all, it tastes horrible. maybe you can try that she wont want to put her fingers in her mouth with that on...but depending on how old she is she may be smart enough to just wash her hands. in that case if she is old enough maybe you can find a age appropriate yet still disturbing video of what is underneath nails...all the bacteria and germs, that may just scare her out of biting them.

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