:-( My daughters nervous tic is back. I don't know what to do.
From early on my daughter has chewed her nails. Around age 3 she started chewing the beds of her fingers. Last year it got really bad with a lot of family changes. Around October they finally healed after 3 doctor visits and steriod creams to help in case she picked up a staph infection at school. She just turned 6 last month and I noticed the other day her fingers are RAW again. I don't know what to do. I have told her to chew her shirt because I rather buy her a ton of shirts then her not be able to use her hands as she got older. She already has scars on her hands. The three different doctors were no help. since she also has a bad habit of chewing one part of her hair they said she will out grow it. After the last healing I was so proud of her I took her to get her nails done (something I wouldn't allow until she quit chewing) I told her that she can't go camping this summer if she can't quit chewing her hands. I chewed me nails raw as a child and unfortunally it only subsided a little as I got older. I've tried telling her that if she continues either she is going to be scarred to the point of not being able to bend her fingers, or she will end up with staph (with graphic details) Nothing has changed in our house or at school has changed. She use to do it out of bordom. I asked her why she does it and she has told me its the skin when it starts to come off she has to take it off. I've tried telling her it comes off on its own when it is ready. Does anyone have any ideas? I've tried lotion, creams and she still chews. Hot sauce doesn't work (she has jalapeno eating contests with her sisters) I tried that no biting spray for dogs. I'm out of ideas and the three doctors I've taken her to hasn't taken it seriously.