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01 Feb 2006

Worried about a 4yr old
My now 4 yrs old son is eating his nails, I don't know why? I realised this habbit after he saw his dad and I fighting, verbally and physically,I was extremely angry with his dad and I threw staff to him.
DO you think that might be the cause of him eating his nails now...pls advice...

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Many kids bite their nails, and it rarely causes problems. They may do so a bit more if there is stress and tension in the house, but even kids from the most peaceful of homs do so for a while, and then stop. So I don't think you caused this. SOme parents let it ride for a while and the children usually stop on their own. If it remains a chronic problem, there are some nasty-tasting chemicals one can get from the chemist, to paint on the nails so that biting them becomes more unpleasant for him. Keeping him well occupied also helps
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