Hi everybody, it's been a while. Haven't posted anything since the redesign.
Anyway, ever since we took away his pacifiers when he turned 2, my kid has been a huge nail biter. I seriously have only clipped his fingernails once or twice in the last year. I was hoping he'd just stop on his own, but he hasn't. Here's where I admit that I've bitten my nails all my life. So...genetic, learned, who cares? He's a happy kid, chatty, extroverted, funny, smiley. So I don't think there's a deep psychological cause (for him or for me). Anybody out there had to deal with this?
I bought some nail polish called THUM, but that didn't do anything. Tried it on myself and it was pretty much flavorless. So I just bought some new stuff called BITE IT, which definitely tastes foul -- poisonous even -- but I'm a little apprehensive about trying it on him.
And if you've got any tips for the nose picking, that'd be great too.
Is he a fidgety kid? Have you tried giving him something to do with his hands, like a stress ball to squeeze?
Three seems like such a stressed-out age. We just let ours keep the pacifier when he's in the house.* It's definitely a chill-out device. If three-year-olds could develop a nervous smoking habit, they probably would.
*His very understanding dentist replied to our concerns about it - "well, you can either pay for orthodontia or for therapy later on. Orthodontia's probably cheaper."
I used Wookie's treatment for nose picking and that worked well. Every time we saw him pick his nose, we made him wash his hands. As long as you keep at it (not easy, especially with two younger ones) it should stop it soon. Unless he develops an addiction to hand washing. Then you might be trouble. Ours didn't, so it was all good.