How do I stop my 3 yr old from picking her nails until they hurt?

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Yvonne - posted on 12/31/2008

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yeah that sounds aweful. i tell you it did work for me. but i came across as serious and was consistent. good luck!

Tasha - posted on 12/31/2008

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I may have to give that a shot, we have tried clipping/filing nails, painting them often, reminders. It's the best shot I have now...most people tell me to get the bitter spray or tobasco- but she doesn't bite them, she picks and peels the nails off. Thanks

Yvonne - posted on 12/30/2008

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okay, i dont know if yall will freak out with this or not but i HATE nail biting. i was molested by a guy who bit his nails badly so when i see nails like that it freaks me out. well my daughter, who just turned 3, had started biting her nails. i told her that if she bit her nails we'd take away her finger. like pull it off. now OF COURSE we never would. but every time we caught her doing it id ask her if she wanted me to take her finger away. after a month she stopped biting them. now i hope it doesnt start again. is there a better way? maybe but this worked for us. now if i put my finger near my mouth, like a snagged nail she'll tell me "dont bit your nails mommy" so she understands. but like i said this method might freak you out a bit. i know a lady who tells her kid that if she doesnt pick up her toys the monsters will come and get her. that freaked me out. so to each their own. (btw, that is one clean child. ugh)

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