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8 Bad Habits ... and How to Help Kids Change Them

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Picking Scabs

It’s one of those habits that you just can’t bear to watch. To start, make sure your child understands how picking scabs can cause infection and prevent a wound from healing. Buy some fun bandages picturing her favorite cartoon or plain ones that she can decorate with permanent marker. Make sure to change the bandage every day so that she’s not tempted when it stops sticking. Keep her nails short, too, so that if her fingers start prying at the boo-boo, there’s a lower chance of infection or further damaging the skin.