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22-04-2013, 10:08 PM
Hi Dr Joy
My little one bites her nails.
She's 7 and she does it impulsively.
It's getting quite bad where the finger tips are swollen and nails bitten quite deep. No bleeding but very little nails left.
I don't know what to do to help her stop this.
I also notice that since a baby she bites everything. Her clothes, her pencils, her blanket at night and sometimes even her pillow. She also used to bite the corners of the wall when she'd go past. I first thought it was just because of teething but this biting frenzy is never ending. She even bites her workbooks at school. Toothbrushes last all of 2 weeks because she bites them flat.
But my main concern is the nail biting.
She doesn't watch TV except for an hour or two once a month.
Please help.
I hate to see her nails so disfigured and I'm starting to be really concerned as to why she's biting everything.

Dr Joy Saville
24-04-2013, 11:21 AM

Nail biting or other "biting" habits is an impulse control disorder. As the biting is not isolated to just her nails, I would strongly advise that you take her for cognitive behavioural therapy at a psychiatrist to try and reverse this disorder. If you are in the pretoria area please email me for the name and number of an amazing integrative psychiatrist in Centurion

You can also give her stress away syrup from Tibb. This may help ease some of the nervous tension

15-05-2013, 09:51 PM
My daughter is 7 n does the same thing eats paper etc, I found her 1 text book bitten on all 4 corners I thght she prob gets bored during classes hence the biting of stationary etc....

Thanx to the questioner n for ur response Dr Joy

Dr Joy Saville
16-05-2013, 06:52 PM
You are very welcome