This is one of those things that will solve itself by the time your kid is about 7 or 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 quit 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 finger fits perfectly. But it’s not until about preschool age that they find out that sometimes, the digging is rewarded. And their off…
Enter the brilliant parent who showed me this trick. His 4 year-old daughter had a finger wrapped in tape. When I asked about the owie, he calmly stated that she had a little bit of a problem with keeping her finger out of her nose. With tape on it, her finger wouldn’t fit up her nose. Bril.liant. Problem solved.
I am using this trick on my 3rd child, and I have found that it does not matter what kind of tape you use (I’ve used clear tape, masking tape and medical tape. Also, a bandaid in a pinch.). Nor does it matter which direction you wrap the finger (over the top or around it). Either way works just as well. Keep it on for as long as you want–even 10 minutes seems to get the point across to Lady Bug.
And yes, you do probably need to tape all their digging fingers of choice at the same time.
(Did you miss my first post on boogies? You’d think I have some sort of problem with them. Oh, well, yeah…)