Does your toddler bite his nails? Nip this habit in the bud, or it may last for the rest of his life.
Umesh bites his nails. So do a lot of other children, but there's a difference here. Umesh is no child. He's a 35-year-old man, and he still bites his nails till they bleed.
When does Umesh bite his nails?
So what's a man to do?
Umesh is too old to visit a child
guidance clinic, and, apart from constant reminders, there is little anyone
can do to help him. The habit is strong, and nothing short of tremendous
will power will really be of any use.
Why does Umesh bite his nails?
Umesh did not have the most pleasant
of childhoods. His parents used to fight constantly and could never agree
on anything. Umesh's house was a battlefield, and as a result he grew up
confused and insecure. Well, it may be too late to change him now, but
his wife is sure of one thing - she will do whatever it takes to ensure
a warm, secure home environment for her children.
Why do kids bite their nails?
As is with any habit disorder, the main cause is insecurity in the infant, early weaning or long hours of absence of the mother from the child's sight. When so young, all children need to feel that their mother is close by. If not, a subconscious sense of insecurity begins to creep in, which affects their social and emotional interactions. They begin to feel as if friends or even family will not accept them. Such children are not able to face the demands of their environment and these emotional scars remain with them all their lives.
Nail biting also signifies nervousness,
and, later on in life, before you know it, it's turned into an uncontrollable
What can be done?
As we can see, nail biting is a habit disorder, which may be overlooked in children, but when that child continues to rip at his nails even as he becomes an adult, you have a problem. This psychological problem should be tackled at a very early stage, for if left uncorrected, it can last for a lifetime. This child is normally quite nervous and jumpy as he is embarrassed by his own behavioral disorder. Unfortunately, since he starts biting his nails unconsciously, it is difficult for him to stop. In extreme cases, fingers can also start bleeding.
Speak to your child
Cut the nails
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