Health Tip: Don't Let Your Child Bite Her Nails

It can lead to infection

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(HealthDay News) -- Not only is nail biting an unsightly habit, it has health consequences, as well.

According to the Nemours Foundation, chewing nails down to the cuticle can cause bleeding, which exposes the skin to germs and increases the risk of infection. When your child puts germ-laden fingernails in her mouth, this also increases her risk of illness.

You should encourage your child to stop biting her nails. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about special nail polishes that have a bitter taste and may discourage the practice.


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