Nail Biting Bad Habit

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Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby meatloaf » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:33 pm

Hi
My DS is 10yr and has a very bad habit of biting his nails. All of them and we tried nagging, stopping, it doesnt really work.

Is there any suggestion how to stop it? Who can help?

Thanks

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Re: Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby vis insita » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:00 pm

Apply a deterrent.


If you visit the nail care aisle in the drugstore, you might have seen creams, oils or nail polishes specifically designed to stop nail biting. Since nail biting is an unconscious habit, the reasoning goes, you'll be startled into awareness when you taste the nasty solution on your fingers and stop what you're doing. Many of these products are also marketed to stop thumb sucking (yet another nervous habit, but one that rarely lasts into adulthood).
Ingredients for these products are typically hot, such as cayenne pepper extract, or bitter, such as denatonium saccharide. The latter is a nontoxic chemical compound often added to toxic products such as antifreeze to discourage children and animals from drinking it. Some people also try home deterrent solutions such as straight black pepper or bitters (an alcoholic beverage). However, these are more easily washed off, while commercial products are designed to last longer.
Some nail biters have successfully kicked the habit this way, while others get used to the taste or are too disgusted by it to keep it on their nails. Some people try other deterrents such as wearing a bracelet as a reminder not to bite them. Dentists can also fit you for a mouth guard if your nail biting is seriously damaging your teeth.

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Re: Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby vis insita » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:09 pm

If it results in physical damage, lead to a damaged or bleeding nails, it is considered as a self-mutilative behavior.

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Re: Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby ChiefKiasu » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:55 pm

Here's an old tip from buds the wise :)
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/conte ... ail-biters

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Re: Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby Ran1977 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:46 am

Chief, where do I get the Nail Bites solution recommended by Buds?
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/conte ... ail-biters

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Re: Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby Nebbermind » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:39 am

should be available at pharmacies.

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Re: Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby buds » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:17 pm

I bought from a polyclinic.

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Re: Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby heyhoe » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:20 pm

My ds has this bad habit of nail peeling. It's been years since I cut his nails.
Any solution for this?

He usually does it when he's nervous or bored.

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Re: Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby ChiefKiasu » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:38 pm

heyhoe wrote:My ds has this bad habit of nail peeling. It's been years since I cut his nails.
Any solution for this?

He usually does it when he's nervous or bored.


I do it myself. I'll like to see you try and stop me... :lol:

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Re: Nail Biting Bad Habit

Postby ammonite » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:13 pm

ChiefKiasu wrote:
heyhoe wrote:My ds has this bad habit of nail peeling. It's been years since I cut his nails.
Any solution for this?

He usually does it when he's nervous or bored.


I do it myself. I'll like to see you try and stop me... :lol:


:faint:

don't shatter my hopes leh. i managed to trim some of the ragged layers off ds's nails when he was sleeping last night. If it is very bad (ie tear into edge of nailbed) he will ask for plasters and that gives the nail some time to recover.

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