Does your kid pick their nose? Depending on your tolerance for all things nasal (and as a service to the public), you might need to stage an intervention. This is one of those things that will solve itself by the time your kid is about 8 (’cause all their friends will finally think it’s gross), but if you can’t wait that long (*shudder* and who can?), how do you get a kid to stop picking their nose?
This was not my original idea. I first saw it when I was a teen and I recall making a mental note to remember it if I ever had kids.
It’s that good.
Kids generally start sticking their finger up their nose as a toddler when they first discover that their adorable little fingers are a perfect fit. But it’s not until about preschool age that they find out that sometimes, the digging is rewarded. And they’re off…
Enter the brilliant parent who showed me this trick. His 4 year-old daughter had a finger with tape wrapped around the tip. Curious, I asked about the owie. The dad stated matter-of-factly that she had a little bit of a problem with keeping her finger out of her nose and the tape was just a reminder for her. (Also with tape on it, HER FINGER WOULD NOT FIT UP HER NOSE.)
Brill.i.ant. Problem solved.
In my experience with an avid nose picker, here are some tips:
- Any kind of tape will do; I’ve used clear tape, masking tape, and Band-Aids.
- It doesn’t matter which direction you wrap the finger (over the top or around it), either way works just as well.
- Yeah, go ahead and tape all their digging fingers of choice at the same time.
Help your child learn to blow their nose and keep tissues handy for them. I admit that I overreacted to each nose picking incident a bit dramatically (it’s just mucus, after all!), but these tips solved the picking problem in a matter of a few weeks.
Now, everyone go wash your hands…