Posted in Child's Health, Developmental Disorders, Preschoolers

Nail biting

Y’all I need help. My 3 year old son chews his nails to nothing and then continues to chew the tops of his fingers. His finger tips look like he drug them on pavement, they’re raw and sometimes bleed! He moved to this after chewing his wrists to the point of being bruised. He does have a sensory processing disorder and the dr has said that may be his coping mechanism but he is hurting himself and it’s so hard to watch. Any advice on what to do that I haven’t already tried?? We have tried distracting, reminding him when he does it, giving him something else to chew on, reading books, playing toys..nothing seems to work!

  • Rosie
    Feb 18

    My 3 year old used to bite his nails also. We used a nail polish that has a bitter taste to it, so when he tried to chew his nails he wouldnt like it. Lol try target they have some. Hope this helps!

  • Joanna
    Feb 18

    Does he have an OT for the SPD? My son with ASD went through a chewing phase at that age and we went through a ton of expensive sensory toys. One was a vibrating stick...but really just a battery operated toothbrush would work. Different chewing sticks...he was picky. We ended up with a shark tooth necklace that he chewed through one weekly. Anyway, an OT would have really good advice or look online at OT sensory stores.

  • Dani
    Feb 18

    Thank you I’ll look into that!

  • Dani
    Feb 18

    And no he doesn’t have one, but I’ll definitely look into getting him one :)

  • Andrea
    Feb 20

    I found they have necklaces for kids who have this sensory need!!! Different ones/shapes depending on what he chews. Go online and find teething necklaces for kids.