How do I stop my 19 month of from biting her nails?

Hillary - posted on 12/16/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 19 month old bites her fingernails all the time - mostly when she is concentrating on something. Her pediatrician didn't really have any advice for me other than to take her hands out of her mouth whenever she does it. That does NOT work because she just sticks it right back in. I don't want to continually give her food or drink instead. Help!

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Amanda - posted on 12/18/2009

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My 18 month old also bites her nails, which is very strange because no one in her life does it. We told her not to do that, but dont make a huge deal about it, and we have noticed that she has been biting her nails much less than normal. I think when we make a huge deal about something it only encourages little ones to keep doing it, because any attention is good attention.

As for the first suggestion it isnt a mean suggestion its a dangerous suggestion.


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Brandy - posted on 12/16/2009

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This might sound mean but put melelaue oil or tea tree oil on them and she won't bit them I promise you that... and if she does put them in her mouth is won't hurt her.

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