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Old 06-06-2011, 05:20 PM
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Nail Biting my 8 yr. old daughter has this awful habit of biting her nails
She has been biting her nails since she was 2.
I've tried the bitter nail polish thing and that didn't help at all.
6 years of biting is enough already!! Her nail beds are practically non-existent
I really need to fix this!!! HELP!!!!

edit: if this should be in the health/fitness section, please move it...just thought I'd get more responses here

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:05 PM
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Sorry, I am not sure how exactly to deal with it but maybe it will make you feel better if I say that my neighbour (girl) used to bite her nails until she was 15 or smth, the nails looked awful: extremely short(tiny), uneven etc. Now they look nice, a little on the short side, like some people have, but nowhere near as what they looked before. I used to bite my nails for a long time too (they never looked half-way short though) and nothing my parents would have done to stop me.. It is an addiction almost like caffeine or cigarette but once you stopped for a few days willingly, yourself, then you don't feel like coming back to biting. She will come to it when starts feeling conscious about what her nails look like comparing to other girls. And then there are also boys for whom you want to look nice.

P.S. Maybe show her some ugly Internet nails and the beautiful ones for comparison?

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Old 06-07-2011, 12:16 AM
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thanks tushkana!

i'm hoping that she does grow out of it....
on the bright side, she is aware of her habit and is trying to stop herself when she is "aware" of it...
i just wish i could be of more help.
i often show her the pics in the "Post pics of your Nails" thread while i'm browsing and that seems to help her want to stop.
she really wants her nails painted, but with barely any nail left that's a no go for now
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