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My ds only picks his nose when there is a big booger that is bothering him. I do one of three things (or sometimes all 3):
1. say Do you need a Kleenex? and try to wipe it out (my babysitter makes a pointy end on a Kleenex and fishes around with that).
2. say Do you want some nose drops? and try to hose it out with saline solution.
3. say Have you got a big booger? and try to pick it out myself (only if it is within eyesight).
He'll often say no to all 3 things but I try to push the most effective one explaining that it will help clear his nose so he can breathe. He has even put the nose drops in himself. Sometimes I offer to let him do it to me (only fair I figure).
I am trying to teach him to blow his nose but he is very resistant and I don't know why. But give it a try, I know other toddlers who can do it. Makes colds SO much easier.
So maybe offering an alternative to picking will lessen the need to pick? If it is not caused by actual snot and she's doing it to get a reaction I'd ignore it for a while and hope she moves on to something else.