Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: East of Rochester, NY
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My 4.5 year old chews on his nails. Constantly. Even if he's engaged in another activity he's chewing on them - I have not cut them in 2-3 years. He will chew on his toenails if he's able to as well (in bed). It's to the point they're too short, hurt him and bleed. I've tried to give him activities to keep his hands busy, put bandaids on them, offered to let him wear gloves/socks, put lotion on them, holding his hands (but I need my hands free), even offered rewards if he can keep away from them. He's also started in on the skin around his nails. I've also offered him other things to chew on - different textures and temperatures.
He's sick all the time from his hands always being in his mouth after touching things. His fingers hurt. This can't keep going on, but I don't know how to help him stop. I'd welcome any ideas.
Bean : Mama to DSs and (& :, 4 goats & 7 ) and two fraternal twin BOYS 9-19-09 (+ 1 daytime boy)