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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Nats | 2004/10/04

Q.

Nail biting

My son is 20 months old. He has just started biting his nails. I am worried of what the reason could be. He gets so much love at home. He is not without any attention, he is spoiled with everything you could ever imagine. My mom says that maybe it could be worms.

Could it be that his step dad bites his nails constantly and that he is just doing what his dad does. Or is it worms, or stress.

How can i get him to stop.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Children often mimick what adults do even without us knowing it. The best would be to explain to him why not to do it and then to discourage it constantly in a loving way.

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Posted by: Lucia | 2004/10/06

Nats

My daughter (now 26 months old) went through the same thing round about that age. I knew that there was no underlying causes (stress, etc) and therefore did not make an issue of it. Make sure there are no underlying causes (how is the relationship between the mother and step father ?)

I would say defenitely yes, if the step dad does it in front of him, he will follow suit - they tend to mimmic us constantly at this age.

Keep his nails short and whenever you see him biting, just remove his hand from his mouth without saying a word. Ask all and sundry to do the same whenever they are around him - we did it and within a couple of weeks the nail biting was a thing of the past.

Good luck

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