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Does anyone have a tip for me? My 2.5yo dd will not 'blow' out... She puts the tissue to her nose (or, mostly, I hold it) and she breathes in....It's making me nuts. I wonder if there is something I could say to help her understand to blow instead of 'sucking it all up'....ewwwwwwwww.<br>
Just thought I'd ask!
 

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And how soon can you try?
 

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dd excels at blowing and PICKING (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> dh d is for dumb) her nose.... she just really likes to do it every time i do it....... maybe make a gross game like who can blow the biggest booger?
 

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My DD started blowing when I held the kleenex to her nose toward the end of her 11th month. She doesn't do it everytime, but I try to teach her the action that goes with the word "blow" whenever she happens to do it. She also likes to watch us blow our noses and screams nearly everytime.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> Go figure.
 

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Becca just learned last month and it's just because she likes the noises she can make. We made a game of blowing our nose and she'll close her mouth and scrunch up her nose and blow just cause... Granted, I would really prefer she had a tissue handy especially when she has a cold... But that's asking to much right now I think.
 

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abbi "can" blow but she doesn't always do it, deffinately a hit or miss thing around here!
 

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Yep. Both of my girls could blow their noses before their first birthday. My MIL was shocked. She could never teach DH to blow his nose! Maybe it depends on the kid? We just practiced until they got it. I showed them me doing it, etc.
 

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DS has been able to blow his nose since he was about 20 months. He just imitated me when I showed him how to do it.
 

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A friend recommended this:<br><br>
Get some candles and with your DC practice blowing them out with your mouth...then have them try blowing them out with their nose!<br><br>
Then tell them to blow the tissue with their nose, just like the candles!<br><br>
Good luck
 

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I like the candle idea for non-stuffy times! (Clearly you wouldn't want to do this when the nose is full! Yuck!!!)<br>
When we blow noses, DS often blows out with his mouth to make the nose-blowing-sound. This started as a game with grandma. He now (2.5yo) will sometimes blow out through his nose, but mostly it's about squeezing the snot out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
It's helpful if he's got his pacifier in or there's some other way to sort of hold his mouth shut. Also, it's more effective to try when his nose is quite full, so that there's something to expell.<br>
I must confess that I'm quite guilty of the nose-picking thing - DS asks to look at the "big boogers" I retrieve. Oops!
 

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Dd figured out how to blow hers a few months ago (about 18-19 months) when she kept getting colds. We told (and showed her) to hold her mouth shut and blow through the nose. She could see our cheeks puff out as we kept the air in, but also feel the air come out our noses. It took several weeks, but she pretty much does it allo the time now if her nose needs a blowing. She also tells us when she needs a hankie too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I think it just takes some practice.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A friend recommended this:<br><br>
Get some candles and with your DC practice blowing them out with your mouth...then have them try blowing them out with their nose!<br><br>
Then tell them to blow the tissue with their nose, just like the candles!<br><br>
Good luck</div>
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^that is what I had read somewhere and it worked beautifully right around his first birthday. Except now if he sees a candle he MUST blow it out or <i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">watch out!!</span></i> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dd figured out how to blow hers a few months ago (about 18-19 months) when she kept getting colds. We told (and showed her) to hold her mouth shut and blow through the nose. She could see our cheeks puff out as we kept the air in, but also feel the air come out our noses. It took several weeks, but she pretty much does it allo the time now if her nose needs a blowing. She also tells us when she needs a hankie too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I think it just takes some practice.</div>
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That's what we did. Both of our kids could blow their noses pretty young. I do think it somewhat depends on the kid. My 8 year old nephew still won't blow his nose.
 

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Much to my amazement my daughter started blowing her nose on request at 11 months old, she is now 27 months and refuses to do it as of the last 2 weeks, I guess you can teach a toddler to blow but you sure as heck can't make them do it.
 

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Thanks so much for all the replies... I'm so impressed by the 'early nose blowers' (and jealous). I think I'll try the candle thing when she's over this cold. I have trouble 'teaching' her, I guess, because I've never tried showing her--> I have a 'thing' about blowing out without a tissue there so she can't see or feel what I'm doing... I just am trying to explain to her "blow out, breath out, " or whatever and she just so does not get it. When she watches us blow our nose with the tissue she does try to imitate but she just sniffles up and make a funny nose...cute but totally ineffective. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br>
Thanks again everyone!
 

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My dd has been blowing her own nose since before she was 2. She doesn't always do a great job, and when the cold is bad dp or I help her out, but I figure that even if just some of it gets on the tissue that a bit less on my couch (or sleeve, or curtains...)
 

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dd2 figured out how to do it just by watching me (I have chronic sinus/nasal congestion, so I blow my nose a lot). She would grab a kleenex too and blow. She also likes to blow her nose for fun!
 

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Ds has been blowing his nose for a while now. We were practicing with snotty noses and without a tissue. I'd blow and it would come out and I'd wipe it then he'd blow and I'd wipe it.<br>
It helped for him to see me blow my nose. Often if I'm sick and he's not he'll still request to blow his nose.<br>
He also prefers to wipe his own nose, I'll say 'wipe and pinch please' so he won't just smear it across his face <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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