Onychophagia is the medical term for the habit of nail biting. Most often it occurs in childhood, when the child has an unstable psychological state. Therefore, it is important not only to fight the habit, but also to protect the child from stressful situations.
BeautyHack is about tips to help parents cope with a bad childhood habit.
Monitor the hygiene of the child, trim the nails regularly. The girl can get a beautiful manicure to avoid the desire to bite her nails. If one of the parents also has this habit, in no case should you do this with the baby - set a good example for him!
Discuss the problem with your child, tell about the consequences. For example, show your baby pictures of microbes (just not scary, so as not to create a stressful situation) that can harm if he does not stop biting his nails. Do not raise your voice to the child, otherwise the habit will only intensify, but not in your presence. What phrases cannot be said to children, read here.
If you notice that your child is biting his nails, ask him for help and distract attention from the habit. You can also take your baby with modeling from plasticine or drawing. This will not only develop fine motor skills of the hands, but also discourage the desire to bring dirty fingers to your mouth.
Pay more attention to the child, take an interest in his achievements - this will save the baby from unnecessary excitement. Read here why it is important to tell your children about your failures.
If you notice that the kid is biting his nails while watching the cartoon, then he is nervous. Limit watching cartoons or watch them with him in order to hug him and calm him in the moment of excitement. Monitor your child's behavior, relieve stressful situations.
Come up with a fairy tale about a character who bites his nails. Using his example, inform your child that such a habit has bad consequences and is dangerous to health.
Onychophagia can occur due to an abrupt separation from mom or dad. If the child is strongly attached to one of the parents, you should gradually accustom the child to your absence. Leave your child in kindergarten for several hours. He will gradually adapt to communication with other children.
Watch your daily routine: include quiet games and regular walks in the fresh air. Give school-age children more time to rest from school. Enroll your child in a sports section or music club so that he has time to take a break from study.
If you have tried all the methods and they have not left any hope of getting rid of the habit, then contact a neurologist. The doctor will examine the child and prescribe treatment if necessary.
Remember that it is impossible to wean a child from a bad habit right away. This requires time and patience, and the baby needs care and attention. Do not ignore onychophagia, start to deal with the problem immediately, avoiding the consequences.
Text: Diana Snetkova