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What Can Do To Prevent A Child From Biting Their Fingernails
Fingernail biting: This is very difficult to accomplish until the child is old enough to care about their personal appearance as it is usually an unconscious behavior. The good news it rarely has any health consequences other than the very occasional infection of the cuticle area (paronychia) which is easily treated. ...Read more
Neg or positive: There are two ways to change behavior, negative and positive. For positive reinforcement we use rewards for any designated amount of time the child goes without biting. For negative we make nail biting a bad experience. One example is having your child soak his/her hands in vinegar. Then is tastes bad when they bite. It is up to you which you feel your child will best respond to. ...Read more
Vitamins may help: It is difficult to know what you mean by twist as they grow. There could be a problem at matrix where the nail is formed or even at the underling bone. Neither of those problems are treatable at home. If however the nails are soft nutritional supplements containing biotin may be helpful. There is also a prescription for strengthening nails call genedur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Enuresis is relatively common. Most people outgrow it by 13 yrs old. Time is the safest treatment. Medications sometimes are helpful. There are several choices. Ddavp (desmopressin) is helpful, as is tofranil (imipramine). Fluid restriction and use of alarm blankets can be helpful as well. Check with your doctor for the option that is best for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are things that one can do to stop his or her nail biting problem? I bite them not for the taste but due to stress.
Nail biting: Nail biting is a nervous habit afflicting both adults and children which can rapidly become uncontrollable. Many children suck their thumbs, another bad habit that can deform the plate of the mouth and cause teeth to protrude. Mavala stop helps cure nail biting and thumb sucking by "warning" you not to put your fingers into your mouth. Its distinct bitter taste acts as a strong deterrent. Mavala s. ...Read more
Persistence: The first steps is parents wanting to stop the problem. Then be persistent towards stopping the problem. Early intervention is key and i recommend trying to stop the pattern as early as 1st birthday. There are products such as thum or movala stop that can be painted on fingers that taste bad and stop the habit. There are thumb guards that can be worn. Your doc and dentist can help with this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bug bites: Unless you see the insect bite him you will not be able to tell. You can prevent them by using bug repellents if he is over 6 months old. Natural products are best because we don't know how much is absorbed through their skin. If he gets bit, aloe vera gel is soothing and will help with the redness. Spraying your yard makes a big difference also. ...Read more
Problem: Grinding at night between ages 3-6 not a problem as usually disappears spontaneously. Grinding during day is a problem, and may be symptomatic of tension, adhd, ocdc, high sugar diet, or neurologic disorder. Have child checked by both dentist and pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Become aware: Become aware of when and situations in which you're biting Visualize yourself with strong healthy nails Pick one nail to protect, let it grow Pick another and continue the process until you've successfully avoided biting all nails. If you ever have urge, focus on just 1 nail to bite Maintain healthy nails--healthy diet, manicure, pretty polish, cuticle oil ...Read more
Learn Heimlich...: I encourage any parent or caregiver to be instructed in basic life saving skills such as the heimlich maneuver which can save a child from choking. If the choking is a regular occurrence, there could be an anatomical abnormality contributing to this and should be investigated further. ...Read more
Control the bacteria: If you have gum diease you have a bacterial infection under the gum tissue. Consider the perio protect method as it is able to deliver a hydrogen peroxide gel into the gum pocket and keep it there long enough to kill 99.98% of the bacteria in 17 days. Then use it to keep the bacteria from growing back. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Options ...: Clinical trials, starting in the 1970's, have clearly found that xylitol can reduce ear infections by 30-50%! xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar that is difficult for bacteria to metabolize, and it helps prevent bacterial adherence to the upper respiratory lining. Xylitol is available in nasal sprays (best for infants) and chewing gum. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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