How do you stop nail biting? My daughter is 8 and bites her nails and all the skin around them. I have tried discipline, taking things off her, and nail biter which I put on every day and she still bites them. Her hands look terrible… and now her sister is copying her. I don’t know what else to do. Any suggestions? Thanks so much

Posted by anon, 14/10/13

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  • go to the chemist and they will recommend some creams, nail polish etc.

  • I’m nearly 40 and still bite mine. With Nail Biter polish and determination I can stop long enough to grow them, then I have to have acrylics or gel polish or they break and I start biting again. I’m sure there’s hypnotherapy or something that would work on me, but a young kid could probably be bribed more easily than a jaded adult like me.

  • Great advice here- I hope something worked

  • Disgusting nail polish you can buy from the chemist will do the trick

  • nail polish for this works well. it doesnt taste good so the child doesnt like it

  • theres nail polish for this that tastes bad so kids stop because they dont like the taste

  • I used to bite my nails and my parents put on stop and grow and that stopped it. If you have tried that and everything else then maybe ask the doctor, could it be anxiety?!

  • I used to bite my nails when young . gradually it stopped Cant recall when

  • Another thing is try not to go too mad at her, because the stress of being in lots of trouble could even contribute to her biting them.

  • When I was younger I’d bite my nails and then my mum started painting her nails and said if I let mine grow long enough she could paint them. It was only a really light pink (almost clear) and then we’d do bright colours for the weekend.

  • It might sound bad but my mum bribed me when I was young. Nothing else had worked so she said if I didn’t bite them for a whole school term that I would get this certain board game that I was longing for. It worked! I’m no longer a biter!

  • I would bite my nails before I realised what I was doing – by putting bright nail polish on I would see the flashof colour and could stop before I started

  • Wish I knew, I’m a culprit myself. It’s a terrible habit. The only time I really stop is when they have nail polish on them and look pretty

  • Stop n Grow is a great product available from pharmacies.

  • you need to break the cycle. my friend did hypnotherapy and it worked for her.

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