Nail biting: the causes and cures that can break the habit

Young children and nail biting


In younger children, nail biting can be a symptom of more widespread behavioural issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), separation anxiety disorder, and bed-wetting.

Although regular nail biting does not cause critical health problems it can have physical and emotional consequences. Regularly biting your nails and cuticles can leave fingers red and sore, with the area of skin around the nails bleeding and occasionally becoming infected. It can also harm the teeth, causing them to become crooked and weakened. Some people also get embarrassed by the appearance of their nails, causing them anxiety and stress.

Read on to find out about nail biting cures worth trying.