Nail biting is gross. It's also fun (sorry but it is) and insanely hard to quit. But this viral Facebook post from a Louisiana mom may just scare your fingers right out of your mouth.
When Sara Guidry noticed something "odd" and "white" in her son Kale's gums, she tackled it with tweezers, because finding and extracting disgusting things is a big part of a mom's job. And tbh moms deserve a medal for this.
Inside Guidry's son's mouth, she found—you've probably guessed it by now—a fingernail. Good news: at least it was his own fingernail. Bad news: the fingernail wasn't alone.
In total, Guidry says she pulled 27 fingernails from her son's gums. TWENTY-SEVEN. She documented the whole gory process in two videos, which she shared on Facebook as a warning to other parents not to let their kids bit their nails. And if this doesn't stop someone from nail-biting, nothing will:
One video not enough for you? Here's the second one:
In an accompanying Facebook post, Guidry wrote:
Kale has always kept us on our toes. Looking in Kale's mouth I see something white in his gums. I get a tweezer and pull it. It looked like a finger nail. I continued to pull 4 more out. I then search his mouth and find another area. I pulled around 27 out of the second spot. YES 27! The dentist has never seen anything like this. We figured out that Kale bites his nails and plays with them in his mouth. He pushes them up towards his pallet. The nail penetrates the skin and goes into a pocket between the baby teeth and permanent teeth. Don't let your children bite their nails! If you can handle the disgust check out the video.
Guidry's videos have quickly wracked up millions of views and nearly 200,000 shares in just three days, so clearly word is spreading about this horrifying potential nail biting side effect.
And at least one person said she had the same thing happen:
Sorry that this cautionary tale about nail-biting probably stressed you out and being stressed makes you want to bite your nails.