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Old 01-21-2009, 04:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DD5 has a terrible cold right now & she's very congested. She has NO idea how to blow her nose. Now matter what I do to show her, she can't do it. I'm ready to hurl listening to her snort in her snot...yuck. So any tips on teaching a child how to blow their nose? And at what age did your DC learn to do this?

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Have you tried "close your mouth and blow out the candle"? And actually use a candle. I was lucky -- DS learned when he was three, but it looks like DD is going to take longer...
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DS has known for quite some time (probably since 3 1/2), although we didn't really teach him...he just figured out he could blow out of his nose to make giant gobs of snot come out and decided it was fun. Boys.
Anyway, I have heard of the candle trick before, maybe give it a whirl.
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Both my kids are pro nose blowers. Now if my 2 year could say "kleenex" to where I could understand what he was saying, we'd be set.

I don't know how we taught them, just tried it and they caught it pretty quick.
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Yes my children learned this very early.
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my son will be 5 in march. he trys to blow his own nose & does a pretty decent job... but when he's really got a lot of yucky stuff from a cold - i will still help him. it can be too messy and a daunting task for a small child. so imo, continue to help her if she wants you too.

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My 3 year old can. Came in real handy when she put a corn kernel up there. I ended up having her hold 1 nostril and blow. Out came the mystery item. Thank goodness. We started working on it who knows how long ago, simply because she had some mucus in there that needed to come out!

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this was actually a topic of conversation in our house...dd is 6.5 has been an uncooperative nose blower, she is doing well now after consistently expecting her to do it. I don't think I took the time to teach her and that created an issue later on...I stay start early and give them time and patience.

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My almost 5 year old can't even though I am constantly trying to teach her.

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Have you tried "close your mouth and blow out the candle"? And actually use a candle. I was lucky -- DS learned when he was three, but it looks like DD is going to take longer...
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Yes, we've tried that. It just seems so weird that she can't do this. I try to tell her it's like swimming & blowing bubbles underwater but she just can't get it. UGH.

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When my grandpa was still alive, DS adored him. And when Papa blew his nose, a great earthshattering honk issued from behind the tissue. DS1 learned to aproximate this sound by blowing a rasberry behind his hands. Nana (my grandma) thought this was adorable, and became even more endeared to it after Grandpa passed away. Since it made Nana happy, DS1 kept the habit up. It took him AGES to really blow this nose. He'll still honk when he's around Nana, and while I absolutely *hate* it, it doesn't really hurt anyone.
We didn't have any special trick to get him going. We just worked on him not honking. It became evident that honking wasn't getting the snot out of his nose, and he pretty much figured it out.

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DD5 has a terrible cold right now & she's very congested. She has NO idea how to blow her nose. Now matter what I do to show her, she can't do it. I'm ready to hurl listening to her snort in her snot...yuck. So any tips on teaching a child how to blow their nose? And at what age did your DC learn to do this?
My children all learned this pretty early..However, they all did the silly and cute rasberry thing too!

I would suggest telling your dd that pretend like she is going under water...close her mouth and then to blow her nose..blow the air out of her nose only..and then show her first..Hopefully this helps..poor kiddo, I hope she feels better! Try saline nose drops..it will help break up the nose yuckies and may be easier for her to blow if she does!
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My DS learned when he was about 18 months old and in daycare. They teach the kids early there because the kids always have runny yucky noses. I believe they had him practise trying to move a kleenex near his nose by blowing on it through his nose.
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It took dd1 a little while to learn to blow, not suck. I think she could do it by age 3 or so, dd2 is 26 months and can do it.
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My 5.5 yr old finally figured out how to blow his nose just a few months ago, thank goodness! It has been at least three years that we have been trying to teach him, with every cold, but to no avail. He just refused and ran out of the room every time we suggested it or tried to show him how to do it. He refused to blow out the candle even. We've had countless discussions about how important it is to get that stuff out... I guess he/we just had to wait until he was ready. Hang in there, mama!
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It took dd1 a little while to learn to blow, not suck. I think she could do it by age 3 or so, dd2 is 26 months and can do it.
Actually . . . there's an idea. Have your dd sniffle in, then have her "do the opposite".

Also, if she's got concrete up there, some saline spray may be needed before anything will come out. I've got two pro nose-blowers, but one of them always gets stuffed up with concrete; so even though she knows how to blow, 90% of the time nothing comes out without a little intervention.
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I'm 29, and I can't blow my nose. I think it's something structural/anatomical, since I've been trying to learn and have had many different kinds of "lessons" over the years. I can blow air out of my nose, but can't clear my sinuses or any snot that isn't almost at the nostril already that way. When I have a cold I have to carry tissue and do lots of wiping to catch the drips :

My three year old can blow her nose a little bit, and certainly as well or better than I can. And I taught her how

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