Is he still too young to "get" nose blowing? Or are there tricks to teaching toddlers how?
Thanks for any advice you have!
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I demonstrate blowing without a tissue, I'm a dragon breathing fire from my nose, or a snorting horse, and I make sure he can feel the breath on his skin. When I have a chance for some real nose blowing, I make a big production out of it, finding the perfect hanky, trying to blow my ear first, then my knee -- you know the thing.
I also talk alot about how getting the mucus out is like peeing - nobody wants to stop playing to do it, but we all feel better afterward, and can have more fun. He totally equates mucus with pee and poop and lately throw-up, all of which I have explained as things the body no longer needs and has to get rid of.
Lately, he's showing me the snorting routine, so I know he can sort of do it. He hates having anything put to his face, so I just hope we can graduate to snorting into a hanky soon - I change my shirt 10 times a day when he has a cold (or I don't, and I don't leave the house.)
Would love to know some more tricks.
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Unfortunately they NEVER want to actually blow their nose and will throw a wobbly any time you try, preferring to wander around with two snot streams, a slimy sleeve and wipe their nose on your shirt when your not looking.
On the upside, I hear snot is in this year.
Unlike Bea, though, dd never minded blowing her nose... in fact prefers to do so because she doesn't like being congested. She even went through a stage of wanting to carry dainty women's embroidered handkerchiefs when we went out.
It took alot of trial and error. It took a very bad sinus cold of mine for her to realize what she needed to do. I kept blowing my nose so much and showing her what I was doing. I took advantage of the cold and explained to her that I was blowing my nose like an elephant.
To this day she calls me an elephant when I blow my nose.
One day, it finally clicked.
Now when we put the tissue up to her nose, she blows like an elephant.
She sometimes even tells us know when she needs her nose blown.
Give it time. TG didn't really get it at 16 months but by 18 months, I think she understood the concept.
Now, if I can teach her how to blow bubbles. She keeps blowing air out through her teeth.
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