Tips to avoid the bad habit

As parents, we have a list of things we do to keep our kids healthy during the cold months.Flu shot? Check.

Preach the benefits of handwashing? Check.

Routinely insist that your offspring zip his coat and wear a hat and gloves? Check.

Encourage your child to stop biting his or her nails? Huh?

Nail biting is not only a bad habit; it creates a way for the bacteria and viruses on your fingers to pass to your face and mouth, according to WebMD.com. The site offers some tips on how to get your child to stop nail biting and how to determine if it's something more serious than a bad habit.

The Nemours Foundation has a kid-friendly article on the topic, www.kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/nails.html, that you can share with your kiddos to help them understand why nail biting is a bad idea.

For more information, visit www.webmd.com/beauty/nails/stop-nail-biting-tips.