Breaking The Habit
You've racked your brain coming up with ideas to get your child to stop chewing her fingernails, but nothing has worked. Have no fear -- there are some simple solutions you can use.
"Nail biting is an unconscious habit that many children have," says Rochelle Harris, PhD, clinical psychologist, Developmental and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri. "While this is common problem when children are young, most of them do grow out of it."
Harris says there are many reasons why children bite their nails:
"One third of elementary school students bite their nails, but there are numerous ways you can help your child stop," Harris says. Some suggestions include: