How to get your 6yr to stop picking is nose and eating it?

Laura - posted on 06/20/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




My 6 yro started eating his boogers about 2 yrs ago. I have not been able to make him stop. Now he's taught his little brother to do it too! YUCK!! I've threatened punishment and carried through with no results. My little one now know's it's wrong and hides under a blanket to eat it. I'm at a loss.


Christy - posted on 06/20/2011




I hear there some stuff you can put on kids fingernails to make them taste bad to prevent biting nails. Maybe you can try that?

Adrienne - posted on 06/20/2011




ROFL! I'm sorry. I'm sitting here laughing because I am soooo there with you! My 9 y/o constantly has his fingers up his nose (although he doesn't eat it Thank God!) but my 4 y/o will announce to the world "I just ate a booger!". On the up side, I read an article that says that kids who eat their boogers get fewer

Seriously, I would check into the why's of it. Does he have allergies? If so, then it may just be that he's constantly stuffy. If you get that under control, then the nose picking should stop.

Also, now that he's 6 he's old enough to understand being ostracized by his school peers. Explain to him that no one is going to want to touch things that he's touched, play with him, etc after he's had his fingers up his nose because of the disgusting germs. And they will tease him for it. Give him a handkerchief to keep in his pocket for the purpose of blowing his nose and every time you see him with his fingers anywhere near his nose, make him blow his nose and wash his hands and remind him that it's gross. Sooner or later he'll get tired of being nagged. It's starting to work on my 9 y/o stepson, but when his BM doesn't keep up on his allergy meds the poor kids sinuses go into overdrive.

Good luck! And if you find something that works for sure...let me know. I still have to work on the 4 y/o.

Laura - posted on 06/20/2011




I know you can get this clear nail polish that tastes really gross to remind you not to bite your nails. Maybe put that on him and it won't be as enjoyable!


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Jenn - posted on 06/20/2011




So many kids pick their nose and eat what they find! Peer pressure is the best deterrent but also explaining what is up the nose can help. It is a filter, after all *shudder*. I also had to point out to my six year old daughter that she doesn't hide her booger eating very well. Long hair doesn't hide the act, nor does curling up in a ball while diggin!

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