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Moving on takes time, stay positive

Moving on takes time, stay positive
My daughter is 6-year-old. She has an ugly habit of biting her nails. Can you suggest a remedy please?
K Usha, Hyderabad
Your child may start by innocently trying to nip away a hangnail; the nibbling can cause soreness, which draws her attention back to it. Genetics may also play a part.

The substitute: Munching on pumpkin seeds or dried fruit can satisfy the gnawing impulse.

Also try: Protect the nails by covering them with bandages during times when she nibbles. Keep fingers busy with clay or Lego pieces. It can also help to give her hands soothing attention with a scented lotion. Or offer her a special salon manicure if she can grow out her nails.

More drastic measures: If nail biting is causing infections in the cuticle or comes on suddenly after a stressful event, like a move, consult your pediatrician. Relaxation techniques or even hypnosis can help.
My ex has cheated on me. I’m feeling miserable and probably I’m doing things that later won’t feel good. I want to stop. I want to forget him and want a new relationship. How can I?
Name not given
One of the ways girls get back at their cheating ex is to spread rumours that are not true.
It might make you feel better for a little while, but in the end you are just making yourself feel even more miserable. Don’t lower yourself by retaliating but say to yourself - I’m too good for that. Some people try to retaliate by doing something to hurt themselves. That doesn’t make much sense, but it still happens.

Girls have been known to date guys they do not like at all in order to get back at the guy they love. Moving on takes time and drowning your sadness out by forcing yourself into a relationship might not be the best idea… Stay positive.

Try staying single for a few months and figure out what you want, who you don’t want and keep an open mind about relationships and people. Good luck.

I suffer from insomnia. What can be the reason?
Srinivas, New Delhi
Insomnia is the inability to get the amount of sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Because different people need different amounts of sleep, insomnia is defined by the quality of your sleep and how you feel after sleeping—not the number of hours you sleep or how quickly you doze off.

Psychological problems that can cause insomnia: depression, anxiety, chronic stress, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder.

Medications that can cause insomnia: antidepressants; cold and flu medications that contain alcohol; pain relievers that contain caffeine; thyroid hormone, high blood pressure medications.

Medical problems that can cause insomnia: asthma, allergies, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism, acid reflux, kidney disease, cancer, chronic pain.

Sleep disorders that can cause insomnia: sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome.

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