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What can I do to help my nail biter?

My oldest girl bites her nails. she bites them until they're bloody, and it doesn't bother her. Here's what I have tried - we got the gross tasting nail biter stuff. She just gnaws it off. We painted her nails pretty purple - she gnawed that off. We give her something to chew on in the car, a baby toy shaped like a hand. Now, that does help some. I am looking for some more things to try. I was a nail biter until college, and will power is what made me finally stop. I don't expect that of a 3 year old, though. She doesn't do it when she nervous or upset, mostly when she's just sitting there.

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whiteroses82

Asked by whiteroses82 at 12:39 PM on Sep. 10, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • try gum suckers or give her a game or toy that keeps her hands occupied. im a nail bitter and so is my 4yr old and nothing cept keeping our hands busy helps for us
    SingleMommy21

    Answer by SingleMommy21 at 12:42 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • My almost 3 year old does that too-I've tried everything too!
    Chell.o_0

    Answer by Chell.o_0 at 12:47 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • She is probably doing it because she is bored or because she doesn't realize she's doing it. I was a nail biter too. I quit because my cousin would smack my hand whenever she caught me doing it and I just got tired of that...hahaha. But I wouldn't suggest that..lol. Try finding something that keeps her hands busy, you can try to teach her how to make friendship bracelets or even just roll up yarn or a rubberband ball. Just something to keep her preoccupied with her hands so she can't bite on them. Good Luck. ☺
    Mom2Dano

    Answer by Mom2Dano at 1:46 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Thanks!
    whiteroses82

    Comment by whiteroses82 (original poster) at 3:33 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • maybe try something to keep her hands occupied, like a koosh ball or something along those lines.
    Ashlynnsmommy07

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 3:47 PM on Sep. 11, 2010

  • sounds like boredom... give her something else... my 3 year old LOVES suckers... and i know they aren't the best option health or tooth wise... but better than the fingers all the time... i also agree with something that would keep her hands busy as another attempt... if it's a coloring book, or toy or something like that...
    asil

    Answer by asil at 9:36 PM on Sep. 11, 2010

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