How can I make my child stop biting nails?
Q: My daughter is four years old and goes to school. She has developed a habit of biting nails. I get complaints from her class teacher that she eats erasers, pencils and chalks. I am a working mother. What steps should I take to kill this habit?
A:There are several possible reasons for your child's behaviour.
- She may have worms, so first give her some deworming medicine, on the advice of a doctor on dosage, etc.
- She may be deficient in calcium. This may be taken care of by giving calcium tablets and making sure she has milk products in her diet.
- She may be anxious, because the school is new or the children unfriendly or the school work is difficult.