Finger nail biting is a habit that is found commonly among children. Children often begin nail biting during period of perceived rejection, e.g. during examination or stressful conditions. Very few children show nail biting habit before the age of 3 years. Studied show that 40 percent of adolescent are nail biters and incidence of nail biting begins to fall and continue to decrease steadily into adulthood. The incidence of nail biting among male: female ratio is relatively equal.
It is usually seen that finger nail biting habit of children and adolescent converts into the pencil biting, lip biting and cigarette smoking as age advances to the adulthood. So it is important to pay attention to this habit and ensure the child comes out of it.
- Provide emotional support to the child.
- Keep the nail soft with oil so there will be fewer rugged edges.