Q: What can I do to prevent my 2 1/2 -year-old from biting her nails?
A: Two-and-a-half strikes us as an early age for a full-blown nail-biting habit. While preschoolers may begin to bite their nails, it is most often a problem of school-aged children and adults.
If your daughter is already biting her nails, she may be copying someone she admires. Can you get that person to stop? Look for patterns in her biting, anticipate the most likely times and, without telling her not to bite her nails, keep her hands busy with other, more interesting things.