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Some habits in children drive their parents crazy. And most do not know what to do to control the bad habit. They wonder if the child is doing it on purpose or because something is wrong.
If it is something temporary or if it really is a problem. And who do we meet? In some isolated cases, the habit stops being a habit to become the result or the cause of a physical or psychological problem.
According to Kim Rutherford of kidshealth.org, the habit can be a symptom of a more serious illness. For example, a child picking his nose may feel uncomfortable because an object is inserted into his nose, or that dried blood from a nosebleed is making it itchy and painful.
A child who constantly sucks his thumb may be suffering from severe and debilitating anxiety. Despite the fact that habits are usually benign, a bad habit that leads to bodily harm or injury in the child stops being a habit and becomes a more serious problem.
If a child chews his nails all the time, he can develop infections. And if you suck your fingers, you can develop tooth formation problems. If the child is teased at school, or has difficulty speaking because he does not remove his finger from his mouth, his behavior goes beyond mere habit.
When a habit occurs so frequently it can turn into obsessive behavior and can affect a child's social relationships or interfere with their daily functioning. In these situations, parents should consult a pediatrician or a specialized professional.
According to Dr. D'Arcy Lyness, pediatric psychologist at kidshealth.org, most habits go away. There are some steps to try to avoid it:
- Tell your child clearly what it is that you don't like their behavior. Say something like, "I don't like it when you bite your nails. It's not okay. Could you try to stop?
- Avoid scolding or punishing your child. Don't make a fool of him or criticize him. You could make the behavior worse.
- Encourage your child to quit this bad habit. Say clearly and positively how you want them to behave. Instead of saying Do not bite your nails, try with How about letting your nails grow out? There are substances with a bad taste for the fingers. They can be helpful in preventing the child from biting their nails, however, continued use ends their effectiveness.
- Reward and reward your child when he demonstrates self-control. Allow your girl to paint her nails. Let him watch a little more television, and things like that. Just as habits take time to develop, it will take time (three weeks or more) to replace them with an alternative behavior. Have patience.
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