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#1 of 8 Old 01-05-2010, 07:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What do you do about nose picking in an 18 month old? Her finger is CONSTANTLY in her nose, all day long, the past few weeks. If I say "finger out of nose, please," she ignores it 90% of the time (or if I gently move her hand, she puts it back), and the other 10% of the time she does stop picking but fusses or cries. Should I just ignore it even though it grosses out other people? Is there anything else I can do? Help!

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I'd ignore it or show her how to use a tissue/ hankerchief. Could her nose be bothering her because of dryness? In the winter, with the heat on in the house, noses tend to be more irritated. If that's the case, a humidifier might help.

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dd (20 months) went through that not too long ago. i would just say yuck yuck and remove her finger and sometimes ignore it. we didn't make a big deal about it. and she stopped on her own after a few weeks.

i think it's a normal phase when they discover that little hole that their finger fits so perfectly inside. i wouldn't worry about it.

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My 4 year old has just started doing this for the first time. She picks and picks. She has had several nose bleeds because of the irritation she is causing. I try to tell her to use a tissue and blow her nose. It works sometimes. When she gets a nosebleed she will stop doing so much for a few days, then she is back at it. I've noticed she had has other habits like this that come and then go after a few months. I'm hoping this will be the same.

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Dr. Sear's recommends gently squeezing and rubbing both sides of the nose from the top to the tip because children often pick their nose because something inside is irritating them. I taught my dd how to do this herself and it helps a lot.
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Dr. Sear's recommends gently squeezing and rubbing both sides of the nose from the top to the tip because children often pick their nose because something inside is irritating them. I taught my dd how to do this herself and it helps a lot.

It could be that. Sometimes if it's quite dry that makes it irritable, so we would sometimes moisturize the inside of the nose.

Another thing is it might be a form of self-soothing. It was like that for my DS for a while. So, you might want to try and see if something like stroking a hanky may be useful. Or even twiddling her thumbs.

When she gets older, you can start reminding "bad habit". When DS got to be older, I would sometimes suggest that if he wanted to pick his nose, he go into the bathroom to do it - so others didn't ahev to watch.
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Nothing to worry.. Get her to concentrate on other things so that she forgets this.. Always try to keep some toys in her hands..
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Thanks for the ideas!

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