nail biting - FamilyEducation
nail biting
01/01/2009 at 15:37 PM

MY daughter bites her nails so much that sometimes bites into her skin too. how do I stop this habit of hers.

There are some preparations which can be bought in a drugstore and can be painted onto the nails. They taste really awful and are supposed to stop nail biting. Some work and some don't. My daughter actually got used to the taste of one preparation and would still bite her nails with it on. You didn't say how old your daughter is. You cxould also buy her a manicure set as a kind of incentive to grow her nails a bit and look after them.

she's 9,& very sensitive to chemicals, so I'm a little sceptical about chemicals but may be it will work. What is the name of the preparation do u know?

As I live in Britain, I am not sure of the products you have available, but presume they will act in the same way. I Googled and got the names of quite a few products. A lot of them are natural products so should be okay for your daughter. Ask your pharmasist and I am sure you will find something suitable. The stuff I used was called 'Stop'n'Grow'

Nail biting is a nervous habit I've had ever since I was a kid. I tried the bad tasting nail polish that was mentioned, but for me, it didn't work. I continued to bite my nails. I also tried wrapping my nails w/ band aids after getting hang nails from all the biting. That didn't work either, as I always just pulled the band aids off. My dad actually offered me a quarter for every nail I grew (I think I was a teenager at the time). The incentive worked at first. I actually grew my nails, collected the money, then bit my nails down again. It was not until recently that I had a wedding to go to, and I treated myself to a manicure. In the past, I used to put store bought nails on for special occasions (either the press on or glue on ones). This was a temporary thing, as they always fell off or got in the way of my daily routine. Now, however, after the manicure, I've been going regularly to get my nails done. I started w/ tips, and now I get wraps. I was never one to do this, so I consider it a treat to myself. I never thought I'd be able to get used to having nails, but like anything else, I have. I keep them trimmed short so they're manageable. My biggest challenge was getting my contacts in and out of my eyes, but now I'm used to it. I no longer bite my nails, although I do still put them in my mouth at times. My nails are strong and healthy and finally pretty to look at. If your daughter is old enough, has the time, and you feel she wld enjoy a manicure, maybe you cld treat her. It wld make for a fun mother/daughter day.

I was just wondering what kind of preperations you can buy in the store for nail biters. Not only do I bite my nails, but my daughter as well copys me and bites her nails.

Starlene, I used to apply a polish specifically for nail biters. It was made to taste bad, and it was supposed to keep you from biting your nails, but still I bit them anyway. Maybe you'd have better luck. I don't remember what it was called, but look by the nail products. Hopefully you'll find it or something similar. Hope this helps.