A common habit in children Nail biting is a tough challenge, but there are things you can do to help your toddler stop biting their nails:
1. Observe when your child bites his nails. Take note of where is he, who he's with, what he's doing and what time of day he bites his nails. Understanding why he is biting nails will help you solve the problem. For example, if he's biting his nails on the way to his new nursery school he might be feeling anxious about this major life shift. If you find ways to help reduce that stress, it will remove the need for him to bite his nails.
2. Increase your child's awareness about how and why nail biting is a bad habit. According to Nail Care Tips nail biting could increase your child's risk of getting ill, so ask your daughter to wash her hands when you see her biting nails. This routine might also remind her that she could be putting germs in her mouth that can make her sick.
3. Reward your child when he reaches a milestone that you have set for him. For example, if he goes a whole day without biting his nails, give him a special treat. This will provide him with positive reinforcement to stop biting his nails, instead of negative reinforcement which could cause deeper issues.
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