How do I help my 4 year old with lip picking?

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October 29, 2010

Honestly, I used to do this to myself when I was younger, and still do. Some advice I would give is introduce gum to him. It may not fix his compulsive habits, but it will put focus on him to chew the gum instead of biting his lips. It helps me, so give it a try! Sugar free gum would be the best because the flavor lasts longer and he'll be less likely to spit it out and start chewing his lips again.
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October 29, 2010

I know he's only 4 but having him see a child psychologist might be helpful. I started around the same age and wish I had had someone to help me before now (22). I feel resentful of my parents because they thought they could make me stop by telling me to stop, smacking my hands, and slathering my lips in carmex, but it did nothing and just made me do it more when they weren't around. They should have found me a therapist at a very early age.
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October 29, 2010

Thanks for the advice. His doctor gave me the name of a child psychologist today.
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October 29, 2010

Good luck to you both.
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