Here’s how to stop nail biting in children:
1. Try to overcome the initial habit
Try to identify if your child developed the habit of biting nails at an early stage. Just like any other habit once it becomes a habit in his life it will be difficult to break.
It can be boredom, stress or certain times of day that you have a bad habit of biting your nails. Ask your child to write in a diary when they bite their nails. Ask them to record what they were doing at that time to reduce their nail biting habit.
3. Increase awareness
One of the biggest problems is that it is an unconscious habit. There are many times a child won’t even notice when they start biting. Raising their awareness is one thing that can be done. You can try taking photos of their nails every day for a week or two. You can compare photos and look for progress or vice versa.
4. Start protecting their nails
Protect their nails to make it difficult for them to bite. You can use the help of an instant bandage that can be used to cover your child’s nails, so that when you are out of consciousness your child can still realize when their nails will start to be bitten.
5. Learn to care for nails
Keep your child’s nails neat and shape according to your abilities. Developing pride in your child’s nails can help raise awareness and lead them to abandon the bad habit of biting their nails. Do it with your help so that your child realizes the importance of caring for nails. If you can find artificial nails that fit the right size then this can help your child’s bad habits.
6. Gives a bitter taste to your child’s nails
There are many liquids you can buy to cover your nails with a bitter but harmless material. You need to make sure that this can be applied regularly. This is one of the most popular methods used to try to break your child’s bad habits.
7. Substitute activity
In other cases the child’s nail biting habit is stress or boredom associated with trying other activities using the hands. The first thing that comes to mind is squeezing a rubber ball. You need to be careful if you choose a substitute activity as many of these have the potential to develop into annoying habits on their own.
8. Increase calcium intake
You can increase the calcium intake in your child’s diet to stop the bad habit of biting your child’s nails. High levels of calcium can be found in green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, dairy products and dried fruit.