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What can do to prevent a child from biting their fingernails?

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Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Misdirection: I suggest getting the child their own emery board. This will allow the child to "file" their nails gently whenever they feel the urge to bite their nails. They can polish and shine the nails instead of biting. Just another one of the areas of "misdirection or redirection" we try with our kids.
Dr. Subir Mitra
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Muvala: You can paint muvala on their fingernails. It's a nontoxic, safe but very bad tasting clear nail polish.

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