Every mom hopes their child won’t be a nose picker. It is inevitable if you have multiple children that one will be obsessed with putting their finger in their nose. It is gross. Even if you have a nose picker you still look at other kids that put their fingers in their nose and get disgusted. Just thinking of all the toys they have played with that your kids are going to touch makes me cringe.
Why do kids pick their nose?
There is a combination of reasons that kids pick their nose. It can start out that there is legitimately something up there. Allergies can create more mucus and therefore more crusting up there. Also, some kids are just curious what is up in their nose. Unfortunately it can easily become a subconscious habit. Then the nose picking flares up and they just can’t stop.
How to stop nose picking.
1.Talk to your child about the problem. Explain that when they stick their fingers up their nose it can spread germs. Show them the gross screen of iPads or Kindles. Another important issue is potential teasing. I know my older boys hate the thought of someone teasing them so we are on one of them about personal habits.
2. Replace the habit – If this is a subconscious habit there are 2 great ways to help.
- If your child understands that it is a bad habit and really wants to stop place a bandage on the “favorite” finger. This will make your child aware when it subconsciously makes its way to their nose. It alerts your child that their finger isn’t where it is supposed to be.
- Fidget toys. These are great for keeping hands busy when they would otherwise be making their way up to the nose.
3. Options for what to do when there is legitimately something in their nose – We all have times when we need a tissue. Explain to your child that there are times that there is something that needs to get out of their nose. They should use a tissue. Plus, they can go to the bathroom and remove what is offending them in their nose. Be sure to wash hands.
Until you have a nose picker there is no way to understand how helpless you are as a parent to get them to stop. Just telling them doesn’t help. Using these one or all of these ideas can help.
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