With weather warming up and spring approaching, your family may experience an increase in sniffles, stuffy noses and watery eyes. The increase in pollen, grass, flowers and trees can trigger allergies and the winter crud may still be hanging around. With all that nasal activity, it's not hard to imagine our kids messing with their noses.
While it is not the most glamorous of topics (and likely the least pleasant topic we'll cover for a while!), it's not unusual to find kids picking at their noses. We have some tips from experts about how to stop your kid from nose picking.
Five Expert tips on how to stop your kid from nose picking
- Hold an Intervention. Gather all the members of your family and calmly explain to your little one that nose picking is not an appetizing thing to witness. Explain to them that although many kids do it, it is not a good habit to have.
- Break the Cycle. Chances are if your little one is digging for gold than they are developing a bad habit. Break the cycle! Begin a new habit by waking up and adding nose blowing to their morning hygiene schedule. A fun way to get them excited is by buying fun products. Boogie Wipes are great wipes to use on little ones; they have fun smells like grape and are super gentle saline wipes.
- Keep Their Hands Busy. Breaking a habit takes time and distractions. If your child picks their nose while riding in the car, begin by introducing new tasks they can do to distract them. Hand your child a tissue every time you see her put her finger in her nose. Chances are she'll get so frustrated with having to wipe her nose every time you catch her picking she'll turn to the tissues more often instead.
- Check That Thing Out. Take a look at their nose, if it is red and itchy no wonder they run for the hills at the site of a tissue. Invest in some nasal TLC products that will get their little nose up and running. Run a humidifier in your home or in your child’s bedroom. (We love the Crane adorable Crane animal humidifiers.) If your child’s nose itches, he might be picking it at to relieve the itching. A humidifier increases the moisture in the air, which can help with the dryness in his nose.
- If All Else Fails... Take charge and keep your kid’s nose clean. Use a suction bulb, tissue or cotton swab to remove boogers and crust. When nothing's in your their nose to pick out hopefully your kid will get the hint and move on. Plus they will hate being treated like an infant and will begin to take on cleaning their own noses.
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