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Nail biting is an unsightly and unhygienic habit that is usually formed as a child and continues into adulthood. People bite their nails when they are bored, stressed or nervous and they are many arguments as to why we do this although no one is exactly sure. I tend to do it when I am anxious or scared such as when boarding a plane or getting ready to speak in front of a large group of people. Usually, I don't even realise that I'm doing it until it's too late.
There are plenty of reasons why we shouldn't bite our nails. Firstly it doesn't look very nice, especially on women. We spend so look perfecting the rest of our body and then our hands let us down. Secondly it makes you appear unconfident. It is a physical sign that you are nervous or scared for everyone around you to see.
Thirdly, it is extremely unhygienic. Some experts say that there are more germs underneath your fingernails than in the rim of your toilet, and you certainly wouldn't want to go nibbling around there! Fourthly, you could start a painful infection if you bite them too low. And finally, we have nails for a reason. We need them to pick things up, for gripping and also for scratching an irritating itch.
Stop 'n Grow is a solution these pesky nail biting problems. It claims to be your will power in a bottle when you just can't stop the habit. It uses a unique double acting formula which claims to stop you biting your nails for good.
It is odour less and colourless but certainly not tasteless, It has an incredibly bitter and horrible taste that will make you remove your nails from your mouth immediately. Within three weeks, they promise that you will have a set of beautiful nails that you will be too proud of to nibble. It can also be used to help prevent thumb sucking.
How does it work? The product only contains two ingredients and one of these is called Bitrex which is the most bitter substance ever discovered. Bitterness is nature's way of telling us not to eat or drink something.
Bitrex is actually added to cleaning and commercial products to ensure that children and animals won't drink the liquid and become poisoned if they should get their hands on it. It is completely safe and has been used for more than 50 years. The only other ingredient is sucrose which is a form of sugar and will help the product stick to your nails.
The product works through the use of negative reinforcement which is a technique used by psychologists. If you bite your nails when wearing the product, your mouth will be filled with a bitter taste which is a negative experience. Over time, the product trains you to avoid the negative experience by ceasing to bite your nails. It's the same as taking a child's toys away when they are having a tantrum. Eventually they realise that if they stop the behaviour, they can have their toys.
It is simple to use. You paint the product onto your nails as you would paint on a normal nail varnish and wait one minute for it to dry. It disappears once on the nail so it's ok for men and children to wear too.
It costs around £4 but the bottle will last you as long as a normal nail varnish so the cost evens out. It can be purchased from Boots and other pharmacies, as well as online.
The negative with this product is that if you eat crisps or biscuits and your fingers come into contact with your mouth, you will taste it instantly and it is disgusting. However, you could see this as a positive as it will also stop you snacking.
This product does stop you from biting your nails, simply because it makes the experience so unpleasant. You'll need to wear it constantly for a while and then wean yourself off it. It is not a permanent solution and you may slip back into the old habit so you should always apply the solution when you're going into an unfamiliar or scary situation, to make sure you don't start biting again.
As a motivation, you could buy yourself a lovely new pot of nail varnish to wear once you've managed to grow your nails. And that is called positive reinforcement which is much more fun!
An avid nail nibbler, I have constantly tried different methods of quitting the gross habit which often leaves my nails stubby and fingertips bleeding. I've even gone so far as to sticking plasters over my fingertips each day - an expensive, and somewhat silly idea, as it left me useless to everyday jobs, such as washing my hands (although it is a brilliant way of stopping thumb sucking, as my mum discovered when I was 13 and threatened with having to have my jaw cracked and re-placed... Yes I was that bad...). Anyway, Stop & Grow has been around for years, and I have tried it in the past, to no avail. But shopping the other day, I had a moment of determined-ness and threw a bottle in my trolley. And once again, I am reminded why I gave up on it in the first place...
What is Stop & Grow?
Stop & Grow is a nail biting deterrent, and often referred to as "willpower in a bottle". A clear fluid, it contains two bittering agents, sucrose octa-acetate and denatonium benzoate, which cause the product to give a very foul, bitter taste when coming into contact with the mouth. The idea is that this will put people off chewing away happily at their fingers, because the taste will be unbearable.
Stop & Grow is available from all good chemists, priced around £2-£4, and comes in a 7.5ml bottle, much like a nail varnish. You can clearly see the liquid in the bottle, and the brush, which is attached to the white screw top lid, is a good size for holding on to when painting your nails. The product is usually packaged in a cardboard sleeve as well, and when paired with the bright red and white label, it is easily spotted on the shelf.
How do I use Stop & Grow? Who can use it?
Stop & Grow is used like a nail varnish, with the clear formula painted on to nails and cuticles. It is recommend to use it as often as needed, but particularly after washing, eating and before bed. As Stop & Grow is clear, it is supposedly not seen on your nails, and so men and women can use it unashamedly. However, I have found that it can leave a shiny appearance on the nails, which some men in particular may not like. It can be used over nail varnish, and the bitter taste supposedly lasts all day, although I do notice it fades after a few hand washes...
What do I think of Stop & Grow?
I applaud The Mentholatum Company who create this product, for the idea. But not for the product itself. The formula goes on sticky, and takes a while to dry, and you can still see it when it does - and for people like me, who need to fully coat their fingertips with the stuff, this looks like I am incapable of applying nail varnish. Not a good look...
After one hand wash, the nasty taste lessens, and once you've got over the initial disgusting flavour, it does disappear and becomes unnoticeable - meaning within hours of applying the liquid, I'm needing more on, or in my mouth my fingers do wander... This then becomes a chore, having to reapply so many times throughout the day - I want a product that will stay the whole day and be just as good before bed as when I put it on in the morning!
There is also the problem of not being able to do anything which involves your hand going near your mouth with the solution on - the simple task of putting lip gloss on becomes unbearable, as the taste transfers onto my lips, and then I lick my lips later on, and yuck! I'm left with a foul taste on my tongue!
Overall, as I said, the idea is marvellous for this product, and I can imagine that for some people, it does work, and they have beautiful long nails with the recommended 3 weeks usage - but not me. I'm nearing the end of my bottle, which has lasted me a long time now, and I am still no closer to having beautiful finger nails. Perhaps it is that this product works better if you have the will power in the first place - maybe I'm just not that determined to stop and grow my nails? But even if I was, I don't think I would reach for the Stop & Grow any more.
In fact, the best thing I can recommend for lovely nails? Sunshine! Six months in Crete, and my nails were amazing. Certainly an expensive alternative to this "willpower in a bottle" promise, but I think it might be worth it next time, rather than this...
I've almost given up trying not to bite my nails, no matter what I try I can't seem to stop nibbling them when I'm bored, I do it without even realising I'm doing it. I decided to try this when I saw it at work so picked some up last week. It should be about £4.19 but I paid £3.70 with my staff discount. A small price to pay if it does what it says on the packaging.
On the packaging, it describes the product as 'willpower in a bottle'. It says it is good for women who want to grow nice nails or mother to help stop their children from biting their nails which I thought was good as it meant I recommended it to my daughter for her young son as this is a problem she has with him.
The idea of the product is that you put it on like nail varnish, covering your nails and cuticles and it has a nasty taste so when you put your nails between your nashers for a nibble, the taste makes you take them back out again. The product is clear so you can't see it on your nails although it does give them a bit of a shiny appearence which I think is nice.
I put the product on after cleaning my nails. I applied a thin coat of it to all my finger nails and it took about a minute to dry which I thought was nice and quick. The applicator has a pretty big handle unlike many nail-varnishes which I thought made it easier to apply as it was easier to hold and control.
To test it out, after it had dried, I put my finger in my mouth to my regret, as it does taste horrible as promised and it takes a few seconds to get the tangy taste out of your mouth.
After a few hours, I was watching television and without thinking went to bite my nails and was greeted by the nasty taste again making me take my nail out my mouth promtly before I got nibbling. So far so good!
I re-applied the product the following morning, as it is recommended on the packaging that you re-apply regularly. And throughout the day a few times I went to bite my nails and soon stopped so I had a full day without nail biting, something I've not done for a long time!
It's been a week since I bought the product and haven't bitten my nails since. My nails are looking a little longer already and I'm really glad to say that I think this product works well in deterring nail biting.
The packaging recommends to keep using the products for a few months after you've stopped biting your nails which I intend on doing. The amount in the bottle has gone down a little and because I re-apply it regularly, around twice a day, I can't see it lasting much longer but I don't mind as it is cheap enough to buy. I can't wait to have nice looking nails that I can paint and look nice.
The only problem I find with this product is when you're eating finger foods. I had a packet of crisps whilst I had the product on my nails and my finger went in my mouth as I was eating and gave me a horrible taste of the product which wasn't nice, so keep this in mind if you intend on using this.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this to others, it's helped me to curb a very old habit of mine and hopefully soon, I'll have lovely long nails that I've always wanted.
Stop and Grow, says what it does, or does it.
This product is basically a nail varnish with a twist it tastes disgusting, perfect I thought for my family of four who are all serial nail chompers, myself included. I have chewed my nails for 35 years and while watching a DVD several months ago with the family I looked over and realised all four of us were doing one thing in common and it wasn't watching the film.
I purchased a bottle at superdrug for a couple of pound, I am not sure on the exact price but I know it was less than £2. First in line for the treatment was my son, he chews his nails down until they bleed, so I knew we had to try something. I did two coats on his nails as I knew he would spend extra time washing his hands or should that be nails to try and remove the taste.
His did sting slightly when it touched the raw parts around his nails, but I was hoping the pain would be another reminder for him not to do it. (it does warn this fact on the bottle)
Daughter was next, she had it applied to her hands and feet, she doesn't chew her finger nails that much its her toe nails that get chewed off. She was quite thrilled at having it applied as she thought it made her nails shine (just wait till she tastes it)
I did mine and painted a small amount of skin around the nail as the skin suffers from the chewing too.
Hubby also agreed to have his painted seen as it was clear and wouldn't be seen by the lads.
I religously painted everyone every second day and the results were interesting.
Guinea pig one (my son)
He stopped after a week and now has lovely long nails, strong, healthy and smooth. He does however need to have the stop and grow still applied as he hasn't broken the habit yet. The bottle advises continuing for three further months but we are on month six and it's still not broken his habit.
Guinea pig two (my daughter)
She also has lovely nails on her fingers but toes are worse than ever as now she picks them, resulting in more damage than biting.
Guinea pig three (me)
Well it's a cheaper habit than smoking and I think it has less health issues. 35 years of chewing is hard to break and I must admit to being the type of person to do the opposite to what I am told. And stop and grow for me if a perfect example. I am officially a lost cause.
Guinea pig four (hubby)
Well what can I say
He needs to book in for a manicure!!!!!
Stop and grow gets a two point five from us. I'll be nice and round it up to a three.
I can't remember how I began biting my nails, but I do remember biting them at a young age, and I just haven't stopped. And I know it sounds silly, but I just can't stop biting my nails, and I do it constantly, sometimes without knowing! Recently, I have become jealous of my best friend who has beautiful long nails, and thought that something needed to be done to help me stop biting my nails, and it was recommended to me that I try Stop' N Grow nail polish, so I thought I can't loose! Stop' N Grow works on the idea that you paint your nails with this polish, and it tastes foul when you put your fingers in your mouth, which stops nail biting, skin biting, thumb sucking etc.
The product is a clear nail polish which is in a 7.5ml bottle, which a screw lid, which sometimes gets stuck, and makes it near impossible to open and the lid has ridges in it, which means you can't open it with your teeth. The brush is a simple, plastic bristled brush, like any other nail polish brush. The Stop' N Grow polish smells very strong, and it's hard to describe, but just smells like a cleaning product or an industrial product. The phrase used buy Stop' N Grow is 'Willpower in a bottle!', which is a bottle statement, but I'm hoping that it works!
Applying the nail polish is as easy as applying normal nail polish, and you only need one layer to get the full benefit of the polish, but if you apply to many layers of nail polish, it comes off very easily and becomes too layered. The nail polish is clear, so you can wear it over other nail polish's and no one would notice you had it on your nails, which may be an advantage if you a little embarrassed about biting your nails.
Now the most important thing, the taste and it tastes disgusting! It makes you completely rplused, and you will immediately take your fingers away from your mouth, which is exactly what the nail polish said it would do. So in that way it works, but the disadvantage is your can have 'finger foods' or snacks, and you do get that horrid taste. But after about a month, I hadn't bit my nails over that month, as I had known that my nails would taste horrid and the nail polish allowed my nails to grow, which was another advantage.
Stop' N Grow is available at most supermarkets and pharmacists and cost around £3-£4, depending on the shop you go to.
I have been bitting my nails ever since I can remember and this product is one in which I buy again and again. It tastes disgusting but does work, well for a while at least.
The glass bottle contains a clear liquid that is applied to the nails and surrounding skin to deter you from bitting your skin and nails it tastes so bitter and disgusting that you really will not want to go back for more. The taste lasts and lasts.
This is not a nail varnish so you do not need to worry about applying it to boys hands and making them look like they are wearing clear nail varnish. The liquid gets brushed on with an easy to apply brush and the formula soaks in to the nails so it is not evident at all and no one will know you have it on un till you bite your nails and pull a face in disgust.
The idea behind this is that eventually you will stop bitting your nails and allow them to grow and repair from the damage you have caused.
You need to re apply this liquid every time you wash your hands as it is easily washed off which is the only down side.
You need to know the taste will do no harm what so ever to your body so please do not worry!
This product costs about £5 depending where you buy it from.
My 5 year old son is a nightmare for biting his nails. Whenever and wherever he is he will find a way to put his fingers in his mouth and eat them. I don't even know what he is biting anymore as they are so badly worn down to the cuticles and have on some occasions bled.
I have tried everything. Currently, he has asked me how to click your fingers together, and I have told him that only people with long nails can only do it (a lie I know!!). He is gutted he can't do it, but that doesn't last long as I look to my left and he is gnawing on his nails. I have tried sticker charts but he has just got into the habit and doesn't even know he is doing it.
So on the advice of my mum, apparently I was a serial biter, I went off in search of 'Stop & Grow'.
The company that brings you Stop & Grow is called the Mentholatum Company, Inc, and was founded in 1889 in Wichita, Texas, by Mr Albert Alexander Hyde together with his pharmacist friends to produce medicines. It started with "MENTHOLATUM Ointment" and now they produce several other products such as:
*Soft Lips and many more.
This product is colourless and discrete and does not stain the nail or finger. The formula produces a bitter taste to immediately prevent nail biting and the taste lasts even after washing. It helps to make nails longer and more attractive within 3 weeks.
This can be applied over nail varnish and doesn't effect the colour of efect of the nail varnish.
It has been known to help with thumb or finger sucking in most children.
The unique formula contains two powerful ingredients to make it doubly effective. It produces a very bitter taste to stop you biting your nails immediately and the taste is supposed to act as constant warning and reminder. Within three weeks your nails will be longer and more attractive. It is said that Stop and Grow is willpower in a bottle!!!
You can buy this from most Pharmacys and Boots always has this in stock. I bought mine from Ebay for £2.95 for a 7.5 ml bottle but you can get these from Amazon, Masters Direct, Pharmacy2u and Express Chemist.
Main ingredients: Alcohol denat, Aqua, Polyvinyl acetate, Sucrose octa acetate, and bittering agents.
Highly Flammable and not recommended for children under 3 years of age
Just apply a thin coat on the nail plate and cuticle and let dry. This can be applied over nail varnish and doesn't stain your nails. Apply after washing and before bed time.
Add extra coats if needed.
I have found that this is the best option for my son. I have been using this for 4 weeks and although, on the odd occasion, I have seen his hands creep to his mouth, has a couple of millilitres of growth starting to appear.
I tend to only put one layer on at bedtime and then reapply if needed. My son gets mad because it tastes awful and when he has put his fingers in his mouth, he cringes. I actually tried this myself to ensure it wasn't that bad, and the taste was like gone off bitter fish!
Like I say, I have been using this for around 4 weeks and still have loads left in the bottle.
I do recommend this to serial biters but do try some other options first as this really does taste foul.
My mum used to bite her nails constantly when I was a young girl and I think watching her do it is what contributed or caused me to bite mine. I used to have appalingly badly biten nails which I was ashamed to show. Having horrible nails affected my self confidence, I felt people were always looking at my nails which I would try and hide, I was always glad when winter arrived so I could wear gloves. I occasionally tried to wear false nails but due to the length and condition of them this was not always possible. I started using this nail product as an attempt to put an end to my problem, the solution is applied to the nails like a nail varnish and left to dry, it tastes absolutely vile and most of the time it worked but at times the habit to bite became too much and I put up with the taste. If you have a small amount of will power (and strong tatse buds) this product will probably work for you. The only downfall is you need to reapply it quite often as the taste weakens especially if you wash your hands often.
Nail biting is an awful habit that many people cannot beat. Personally, I started from a young age so can give a first hand account of my experience and the time I began using Stop'n Grow. The product is aimed at stopping you biting your nails, as the liquid that you apply to your fingernails tastes vile to put you off. It is also thought to give some extra strength to your nails through hardening them ever so slightly.
It's purely a mental thing to stop biting your nails however it's a LOT harder than you may think. I have tried it myself and even subconsciously, I will start biting them at one stage. You could even try wearing gloves so you can't get to your nails, but that's not very practical inside and at work. When you try your very best but simply cannot stop, you will come to the last resort - Stop'n Grow. It's a product that comes in a 7.5ml bottle for around £3.50, which is widely available at supermarkets and pharmacies. The product comes in a plastic packet with card in the background displaying an animated picture of a hand with pretty red nails and a sky beyond. The box is rather bright and attractive so you cannot miss it on a shelf. The Stop'n Grow logo is in the top right in bold white writing printed on a red background, which really stands out. Just in case you are wondering what the product is, it clearly says below the logo 'Stops Nail Biting' in bold capital letters. The real slogan of the product is 'Willpower in a bottle!' which is true as for some people; it's their last hope, as it was with me.
The box opens very easily and out comes the small 7.5ml bottle. The front has the logo on it with the same description and slogan as the box. On the back are instructions on how to use the product. The formula is of a 12 molar concentration, which is very concentrated so you only need a small amount on each nail to do a good job. Note that the product is also highly flammable so keep it away from hot places and the sun. There is a very large white top, which unscrews. Once you lift this up, you will have a good-size white brush. The brush can contain quite a lot of the formula so once you take it out a fresh bottle, you will have plenty to go over one hand and a few more nails. The good thing about the formula is that it's not sticky so the brush will stay in good condition. The only downside is that the part where the top screws on can get some of the formula on it, which makes it harder to screw on as it dries and builds up. If you are careful whilst handling and taking the brush out and putting it back in then you can prevent this build up.
When To Use
The instructions on the bottle suggest that you use this particularly after eating, washing and at bedtime. As you can imagine, this will require quite a lot to see you through so you may want to buy a couple of bottles, which should see you through a couple of months hopefully. The stuff does stay on if you wash your hands lightly but especially after a shower or bath, you should re-apply to conquer your habit. Try not to use the stuff before eating just in case it gets in your food, as it doesn't taste nice, the taste remains in your mouth and it will ruin your food. If you are having food to be eaten by hand such as pizza or a burger, then don't apply this whilst eating and instead of biting your nails, just bite your burger! You should use this everyday until your habit has been broken and the bottle also suggests continuing using the product for 3 months after the habit has been broken to ensure your nails grow. After this, you should be free of any more Stop'n Grow with lovely long nails.
How To Use
You should apply the liquid to all your nails including the cuticle. Try not to get it on the skin surrounding your nails, as it can be a tiny bit sticky and unsightly. You don't need to apply a lot but do make sure that some of the liquid has gone over your whole nail. You can make sure that some reaches the cuticle and edge of your nail towards the top if you also have a habit of biting the skin surrounding your nails. Apply it to both hands and let it dry before doing anything else or it may come off. It only takes half a minute to dry so you should be ready to go in no time.
I have been using Stop'n Grow on and off now for a good few months. The problem is, you really need to use it everyday and frequently to combat your habit. Half the battle is remembering and being motivated enough to put this stuff on as it does seem to work. The problem for me is actually remembering to do so and having enough time in those rushed mornings. When I do use it, it does appear slightly shiny on your nails and looks a bit weird. I have been questioned a few times about this and it led me onto explaining what it is and why I use it. If you touch your nails with your fingers whilst it's on, it feels ever so slightly sticky too but not to an extent of any agitation. All in all, I feel this product definitely helps to stop biting your nails but requires a bit of effort too. You must apply it when it's recommended and you will go through a few bottles anyway but as long as it works, this is the main thing. For around £3.50, it's quite expensive for 7.5ml worth but it does last me well over a month if I remember to use it most the time. I still haven't totally beaten my habit but now that exams are over for me, I am going to make an effort this summer. This product doesn't give you so much willpower as it's purely a mental thing but it physically puts you off due to its taste. It has a very strong and disgusting taste that will stay in your mouth for a long time no matter how little a nibble you give your nails. It really does work if you go for them but your nails are always there and the temptation is too.
This product will definitely help you to stop biting your nails, but you still unfortunately need the self-willpower to stop yourself - there's no other way round it. Stop'n Grow does a good job and is most effective if you use it frequently and properly whilst remembering to apply it throughout the day. It comes in a very small bottle so is very portable and easy to whip out and apply. I would recommend you give it a go if you are entrapped in this horrible habit but you must still make a great, if not greater effort than previously whilst using Stop'n Grow to conquer your habit once and for all.
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I am at a loss with my 5 year old. His nails have been gnawed so far down that there is barely any nail there at all.
At first I constructed an award system to see if he could get his nails to grow by leaving them alone and in return sweeties and chocolates galore! Needless to say this didn't work. He felt he was still worthy of the treats and thus an almighty fight broke out.
I remembered as a child there being a clear nail polish that my mum used on me. It tasted awful and was sure to work a treat as it did with me. Off to the store I went and was pointed in the direction of Stop 'n Grow. "Willpower in a bottle" is written across the front of the packaging and it claims to stop nail biting and also bring an end to thumb and finger sucking. Brilliant, I thought!
Right after dinner I put a layer onto his nails, explained what it was and sent him off to bed. This was in line with the directions on the pack. "Apply over the entire nail and cuticle ... particularly after eating, after washing and at bedtime"
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw him the next morning with his fingers in his mouth!
The only conclusion I could come to was that it had worn off by the morning time. I reapplied the polish and we set off on the school run. As the package states "Mothers will find Stop 'n Grow helpful in the prevention of children biting nails" I was horrified to look in the rear view mirror along our journey only to see him at it again! I could have cried on the spot! Either my child is super defiant or he is the one child in a million who isn't affected by the taste.
I decided to try it myself to ensure it wasn't just a bad lot or something stupid like that and it is god awful stuff! YUCK!
After pouting for about 2 weeks I have gone back to the reward system but this time I have done it a bit differently. The PlayStation is now under my control and if he wants to play it then the nails have to start growing! It's actually working so far. In the space of a week they are already a little bit healthier looking! So glad something has worked, finally!
Many friends have told me that Stop 'n Grow worked wonders for them but unfortunately not for me. Hopefully this will help anyone out there facing the same nail bitting problems.
The 7.5 ml bottle cost me about £3.50 at Boots.
Main ingredients: Alcohol denat., Aqua, Polyvinyl acetate, Sucrose octa acetate, and bittering agents (There are more ingredients)
Highly Flammable and not recommended for children under 3 years of age.
I did find this product a bit hard to find for a while. I said in my review that I went off to the store and got the product but it did take three stores before I found the product in stoke. The grocery store had a spot for it but it was empty. The little chemist up the road had the same and finally Boots had one pack hidden at the bottom of the display tucked behind some Sally Hansen top coat polish.
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As a last resort without the self-willpower to stop nail biting, I turned to Stop'n Grow. It comes in a 7.5ml glass bottle for just over a pound and is aimed at getting you stop biting your nails. The slogan on the bottle - 'Willpower in a bottle' is a good description of what this product is.
If you have a bad habit in nail biting or even thumb sucking, using this product will subconsciously HELP you to stop but you still need to try and be aware when you are biting your nails and use all the willpower you have to stop. The bottle is pretty simple. It warns that the solution is highly flammable and contains as 12 molar solution so it is quite concentrated and you don't need a lot for the effects.
The bottle tells you to apply over your entire nail and cuticle, especially after eating and washing as the solution slowly comes off your nails after washing and you don't want it on your nails when you eat as it can make your food taste nasty.
The idea of this product is that it has such an intense and vile taste that whenever you go to bite your nails, you are put off by the taste so immediately refrain from doing so any more. The negative point is that it does ruin any food you are eating if it happens to come in contact with the solution. If you do taste this through biting your nails after it has been applied, then it will leave a vile and strong taste in your mouth for a long time, which is very unpleasant! Once it gets in your mouth, the taste will remain so this teaches you a lesson not to do it again.
You have to still have the willpower yourself to stop. You must remember to apply this on a regular basis and carry on to do so even after you stop nail-biting to ensure you have stopped. This solution really does work and it seems to harden your nails too and make them stronger to grow. I would definitely recommend this as a last resort if you are having trouble breaking your bad habits!
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My daughter has sucked her thumb since she was about two weeks old and it has been really hard trying to persuade her not to do it. Now at nearly five years old she still finds comfort in her thumb at night and when she is upset, or even just having a cuddle with me.
However she has accepted that her teeth are suffering and a gap has formed between upper and lower teeth where her thumb usually sits, so she agreed to try Stop & Grow in an effort to break her habit.
Basically it is a solution that you paint on your finger nails (or in my daughter's case - just her thumb) and when you place it in your mouth the solution leaves a really bitter and unpleasant taste in your mouth.
This can be used for either helping to stop you biting your nails - the primary use I imagine considering the name - but also to help stop thumb and finger sucking in the over three's. It's not suitable for under three's.
My daughter thinks it tastes really foul so I guess it does it's job in that department and to be honest this has really helped her in cutting down the thumb sucking. She has stopped altogether during the day now and happily applies the solution herself to her thumb periodically through the day.
It does wash off to a certain extent after hand washing so it is best to reapply then if you can, although the taste does still linger a little so it is not completely ineffective after water applications to the hands.
During the night she must be immune to the taste when she's asleep though, as I have seen her sucking her thumb when I check on her, knowing that we applied the solution before bed. So this still takes some working on but so far after three weeks of use I am pleased that her thumb sucking has stopped during the day.
I think this is worthwhile at £3.35 from Boots, although if you are using it on every finger for biting nails, it may be used up a lot quicker and therefore be more expensive, but if it cracks the habit, it's worth it.
Going back about 25 years I was a nail biter. In fact both my older brother and I used to chew our nails right down as far as possible and they looked awful.
Our Mum decided to try Stop & Grow on our fingers in an attempt to stop us, it really has been around for that long! She bought a bottle from the chemist and applied it to our fingers telling us it would stop us biting our nails and within a few weeks we'd have nice nails instead of chewed fingers.
I remember it tasting very bitter, something my brother and I discussed. However, as resourceful children will, we rapidly discovered if you washed your hands a couple of times the bitterness could be removed, or if you could ignore the bitterness through the first few chewing sessions the nails were still there to be bitten.
We had this applied each day for a couple of weeks before our Mum realised this was not helping, we'd just wash and go! So it's not very effective from that point of view!
If you didn't wash it off and really wanted to stop biting your nails it would remind you not to do it as each time you put your fingers in your mouth the taste is terrible, really harsh and bitter and thoroughly disgusting.
Oddly once my brother and I reached our twenties we both stopped biting our nails anyway, he stopped because it didn't go with his exec suit for work and I stopped partly because I wanted nails I could paint and partly because someone said you could get worms from biting your nails because of the germs you get under your nails (not entirely sure if this is 100% true but it stopped me!) so Stop and Grow played no part in the removal of the habit for either of us.
It now costs just over £3 a bottle and if you needed something to remind you not to bite your nails for a while until you'd broken the habit it would work but if you wash your hands several times during the day you would need to reapply so it's not very convenient.
It does taste foul as it's supposed to and if you were determined it would help.
Stop nail biting and grow beautiful longer nails /