dd is 2. she bites her nails. it is getting worse. she bites them until they bleed and some of her worst hands have nails HALF the size they should be. today some of these fingers were swollen. it breaks my heart. dh and i went to a therapist about this and she said it is probably dd's way of handling inevitable developmental stress. she advised that we 'try not to have too much energy around it'. so we have tried that, and still it's getting worse. sometimes she crys when she plays w/ playdough because her fingers hurt.
i am educated in child development, a SAHM, and baffled. i know i have some of my own issues w/ anxiety that i work on and am improving enourmously. we are being extra concientious about routines, transitions, feelings, levels of stimulation etc....and still she is knawing away at her fingers....i am so, so sad about this. any ideas?