Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nailbiting - A nervous habit

Nail-biting (onychophagia) is a common oral compulsive habit of both children and adults. You may bite your nails in times of stress or excitement, or in times of boredom or inactivity. Nail-biting is the most common of the typical "nervous habits". Most often than not, you bite your nails without even noticing it. Even if you are doing something like watching tv, talking to the phone you may bite your nails without realizing that you are doing it.

According to some studies, about half of all children between the ages of 10 and 18 bite their nails at one time or another. Boys bite their nails more often than girls after age 10.

There are different ways to stop nail biting. One of the effective ways is to cut your nails short and file it. You can also paint your nails with bitter-tasting polish that way if you start to bite your nails the bitter taste will automatically remind you of not biting your nails.

Nail biting is a nervous habit, if you bite your nails because you are stress ... you can try to use stress management techniques.


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