Raising happy and healthy children takes a lot of work. If they acquire bad habits, it can negatively affect their long-term health and development.
Don’t let negative behaviors beguile your kids. These are some of the most concerning habits to watch out for in young children.
A typical behavior that people of all ages can have, which also often develops in young children, is nail biting. Chronic nail biting can damage the nails and teeth and increase the chance of sickness due to the bacteria on the fingers getting into the mouth.
Kids bite their nails for various reasons, including stress, boredom, and curiosity. However, when they start doing so out of habit, it can become a real problem. It’s essential to teach your kids about the dangers of nail biting and help them to manage their anxiety. Keeping their nails short and trimmed will help discourage the behavior.
Another typical behavior that young children often fall into is thumb-sucking. Constant thumb-sucking can harm the development of your child’s teeth and jawline. It can also lead to speech impediments and reduced articulation.
Infants are naturally inclined to rooting and sucking, which can be psychologically comforting. The habit can develop if they use the behavior too much to destress or fall asleep. Knowing the age most children begin sucking their fingers will allow you to wean them off the practice before it becomes detrimental to their development.
Grinding teeth is a bad habit children can develop at a young age. Kids will often grind too hard while chewing or while they’re asleep. At first, it may cause a sore jaw, but if the behavior continues, it can lead to facial aches, pains, and TMJ disorders.
Constant grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw is often due to stress or a medical condition such as hyperactivity. Reducing the stress in their environment, especially just before bedtime, is essential to preventing them from developing the habit. You should consult your dentist to ensure they don’t have any additional medical problems causing excess pain.
Help Your Kids Develop Healthy Habits
With so many bad habits to be aware of, it can be challenging to catch them all before they become a problem. Teaching your kids good habits such as stress management and self-control will reduce the likelihood that they’ll start nail biting, thumb sucking, or teeth grinding.
Knowing the most common habits to watch out for in young children will allow you to step in and be proactive if you notice your child exhibiting any of the behaviors.