daughter won't stop biting nails and peeling skin till it bleeds!

Cathy - posted on 02/27/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )




My 6 yr. old bites her nails and peels the skin around till it bleeds. Can't get her to stop. Has anyone had success in stopping this behavior? I think her finger is infected now.


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Trisha - posted on 02/28/2015




Gloves, and heavily moisturized fingers are the only thing that prevents my hubby from this! lol. That or having something else to keep his hands busy (peeling grapefruits, eating sunflower seeds).
Are there any activities that she does that you find increasing this habit?

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2015




I am a school nurse and we have a nail biter in one of our classrooms. The mother has arranged for her to have multiple pairs of cotton gloves. She applies a moisturizer to hr nail-beds and then dons the gloves. This child is 10 and so she is motivated to stop her habit out of vanity. The gloves are not so thick that she cannot write yet create a barrier to remind her to not bite her nails.

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