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My first suggestion would be to get him lots of other things he can chew on- fruit leather, jerky (if you're not veg), and even though it may sound funny for a 5 year old teethers and chewy toys, and what about some sugar-free gum? (the Dental Care kind with baking soda doesn't have that nasty aspartame in it and comes in bubble gum flavor), My 6 year old struggles with nail biting as well. If he would be into nail polish, you might try painting his nails to encourage him to leave them alone. One thing we have done (at the suggestion of a therapist) is to tell our son he can bite his fingers as much as he wants as long as he stands on one foot while he does it. (he has trouble with his balance so this is difficult for him) Combining something that is hard to do at the same time works as a natural deterrent, but you will probably have to find something that works for your son as standing on one foot may not be it. I hope this helps.