Bad habit—–my daughter is biting her fingernails

     I noticed  My daughter had been biting her nails for 1 month, At first  I thought my daughter’s new teeth are coming, so I didn’t pay attention, until one day I talked  with my friend about my daughter’s bad habit. She told me she has been chewing her nails for at least forty years even she is old, a horrible habit. you have to stop her ! I was shocked! how can I stop my daughter to bite her fingernails?
    
    when I saw she chewed, I said: your hands have bugs, if you bite your fingers, you will have stomachache.”
it seems not work.  I thought of maybe there were some reasons? I noticed when I sent my daughter to the daycare (in the summer, some kids went to daycare was very late, my daughter always the first one) maybe she was nervous when she was alone at the daycare. so I changed sending time, and I asked her teacher to notice her: how often she bite her fingers. and I also sent my older son  to same daycare with my daughter . it worked! Her teacher told me : no more biting fingers.
     
    Here some tips (sorry I copy from here ):

    1.Explain to your child that people bite nails when they are scared or upset. Watch if he is biting his fingernails at certain times and places such as while learning new things or meeting new people. Encourage him to talk about what is bothering him to relieve stress.

   2.Try not to nag your child to quit nail biting if it is just a habit and not a sign of distress. The extra attention from you encourages her to continue the habit and your constant reminder makes her more nervous.

    3.Get into an agreement to reward your child if he abstains from biting his nails. It should be his conscious decision to overcome the habit for the deal to work. Give the child a gold star or a sticker to mark the bite free days and give a special treat at the end of the week.

   4.Use physical reminders to help you child break the habit like taping an adhesive bandage over her nails or painting them. Enhance consciousness about the appearance of their nails.
  
   5.Cut the child’s nails regularly and file them close. Children are naturally curious and restless. Frayed nails or rough edges prompt them to bite the nails making it a habit over time.

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    Try not to nag your child to quit nail biting if it is just a
    habit and not a sign of distress. The extra attention from you
    encourages her to continue the habit and your constant reminder makes
    her more nervous.

  • 3

    Get into an agreement to reward your child if he abstains
    from biting his nails. It should be his conscious decision to overcome
    the habit for the deal to work. Give the child a gold star or a sticker
    to mark the bite free days and give a special treat at the end of the week.

  • 4

    Use physical reminders to help you child break the habit like
    taping an adhesive bandage over her nails or painting them. Enhance
    consciousness about the appearance of their nails.

  • 5

    Cut the child’s nails regularly and file them close. Children
    are naturally curious and restless. Frayed nails or rough edges prompt
    them to bite the nails making it a habit over time.

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