My dd who turned three in October has started biting her nails, and I am at a loss as to how to help her. She bites them so much that I no longer can cut them because there isn't anything to cut. Normally I cut them once a week. I am so worried that she is anxious about something. It started when we implemented a new sleeping way to help her learn to fall asleep in her own bed with out us laying there. We checked on her every few minutes and tried to expand the checking. She was so anxious every night that we stopped after about two weeks and went back the old way. There is more to that, but the point is that the nail biting started after we did that new way.
I have explained to her many times why it's not a good habit to start and she seems to understand. I ask her to take her fingers out of her mouth when I see it, but it's escalating. Do i just keep reminding her to stop and hope it clicks?