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My dd started biting her nails after her baby brother was born five months ago. I don't know if it's connected to his coming. She also picks at and peels her nails and hangnails off. This causes her pain when food touches open cuts on her fingers. The worst is that one finger became very infected and swollen and she eventually had to go on antibiotics (oral and topical.) The fingernail on that finger now looks deformed.<br><br>
She actually seems to want to stop biting and picking, but it's become an unconscious habit. She's only about to turn three, so she's still little and has trouble controlling herself with it. Poor kid. Any suggestions for ending this habit? People have suggested the bitter nailpolish, but I think she'd just pick her nails instead of biting them if we use that. Also, she is a thumb sucker and I don't mind that. I wish she'd just suck her thumb instead of messing with her nails.
 

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No advice for you, but my DD is the same way with chewing her nails, but not to the extent as yours. When she gets shy/nervous in a new setting, she'll bite her nails like crazy, or when she's bored!!<br><br>
I'm posting to give ya support!
 

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My son bites his nails and picks the skin too. It have never bled yet but sometimes it does look raw. At one time, he was doing that with his toe nails too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: which was really gross but thank god he has stopped that. I will be watching this tread to see if anyone has any good ideas!
 

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My 3 yr old son does this too! I swear it's hereditary. I bit my nails for as long as I could remember. (I quit 6 yrs ago). For many years I was told nail biting was strictly a "nervous" habit. I spent many years as a kid wondering what I must be nervous about since there was nothing obvious to me. I've since learned that personally and also for my son (I assume) it's not a nervous or bored habit but more an obsessive thing. I hated (still do) anything - ANYTHING under my nails. The solution when I was young...bite em' so short nothing could get under them. I also couldn't stand any little hangnails or rough edges on my nails. This is why I believe my son started.<br><br>
Now the funny thing, I am a nail technician by profession (for the last 14 years)! Although I do not bite or pick at my nails now, I have found a few solutions to help my son.<br>
1. Keep his nails trimmed so there are no rough edges.<br>
2. Keep fingernail clippers with me always - that way if I see him biting or picking I can ask "do you need something clipped?" If I offer he usually says yes.<br>
3. In the dry winter months when hangnails are at their worse, I put a thick salve or lotion on his hands and cuticles every night. I rub it in while we are reading, he doesn't mind and now reminds me if I forget.<br><br>
Hope that helps a bit! Good luck!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My 3 yr old son does this too! I swear it's hereditary. I bit my nails for as long as I could remember.<br><br>
I have found a few solutions to help my son.<br>
1. Keep his nails trimmed so there are no rough edges.<br>
2. Keep fingernail clippers with me always - that way if I see him biting or picking I can ask "do you need something clipped?" If I offer he usually says yes.<br>
3. In the dry winter months when hangnails are at their worse, I put a thick salve or lotion on his hands and cuticles every night. I rub it in while we are reading, he doesn't mind and now reminds me if I forget.<br><br>
Hope that helps a bit! Good luck!!</div>
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My SIL swears it's hereditary also. I bit my nails as a kid, too. I'll try carrying the clippers around. Getting rid of the rough edges does help a little. She loves putting on lotion, so we'll use more of it. Thanks!<br><br>
It helps to know there are other kids doing this too!
 

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I STILL bite my nails hopelessly, and have since before I can remember, so good luck. I wish I could stop, but a 27 year old habit is REALLY hard to break. I don't know how you break it. Glue on nails work for me until I take them off. Obviously wouldn't work for a 3 year old.<br><br>
Have you looked for a psychological reason? I bite when bored, nervous, or driving. (not a concern for her, probably LOL)
 
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