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SparklyMily Fri 16-Sep-11 09:26:47

Hi, not sure if this is the right topic for this post but worth a go. 8 year old DD has been a nail biter and picker for 2 or 3 years. Various obvious things have been tried to little or no effect. She now gets very upset about the state of them (they get very sore...) and is desperate to stop but we are all at a loss as to how to break the habit. Anyone got experience of this and have advice please? I'd love to help her but can't think how to.......

plipplops Fri 16-Sep-11 15:54:09

My sister used to bite her nails and my mum used that Stop'n'Grow horrible tasting stuff?

giyadas Fri 16-Sep-11 16:01:52

I sympathise with your dd, I've never been able to stop biting my nails.
Stop n' Grow is a good idea, but if that doesn't work maybe a set of false nails.
I really don't think they are a good idea long term, especially at that age but maybe one (very modest style) set will give her nails a bit of time to grow, and stop the habit as you can't bite false ones. (I know, I've tried)

giyadas Fri 16-Sep-11 16:03:06

or a bracelet, or something to fiddle with, as a displacement activity perhaps?

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