How can I get my daughter to stop picking her nose?

Whitney - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 15month old and has started putting her finger in her nose. I am afraid if I dont put an end to this, it may turn into a habit. I think it is more embarrasing when we are out in public since she does it A LOT. Any suggestions?

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Jessica - posted on 09/09/2010

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My 23 month old does the same thing. He doesn't do it too often but when we does we just tell him "no, yucky" in a stern voice and take his finger out....I know it's not too helpful but that's the only thing we can think of as of now...

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Kitty - posted on 05/03/2014

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This may sound a little harsh but she if you can find something that she can't stand the smell of that is child appropriate and put it on her fingers. preferably something very strong scented but that won't cause any harm if she happens to rub her eyes or stick her hand in her mouth.Not sure if this will help, hope it does :)

Taya - posted on 09/10/2010

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Well i am going to be str8 up, and not sugar coat it. If any of my boys tried to put their fingers in their nose. I would firmly say NO and if they tried again i would smack their hand and then say NO. I am not going to allow my kids to test me or think its a game for any reason. And guess what they did it once and never again.

Kara - posted on 09/09/2010

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lol you need a sister like mine. My daughter picked her nose around my sister, and my sister laughed and teased her "Tahlyia, you're not an ugly girl - ugly girls pick their noses" hahah it's pretty funny, and now she doesn't do it to often but she's like "mommy, excuse me, i'm going to be ugly for just one minute" lol it's cute :) But it does slow down eventually.

Jessica - posted on 09/09/2010

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What we do with our son when he thinks something's a game when it isn't is we keep getting firmer and firmer with our voice till he gets it. Sometimes it makes him cry, which does make me feel bad and even makes me feel like a bad mother, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. And you know what? He cries, he fusses, then he's done and back to being happy. As bad as it makes you feel, you have to establish rules and such now otherwise you're child could...key word being could....grow up not getting it and may try to walk over you in the future...I know it sounds harsh but it's something I'm learning as I go too. I just know from other things that laying down the rules early on really makes it easier later on. And with the other people staring at you, I know it's hard to do, but just ignore them. She's your daughter, not theirs. And you're not doing anything wrong. It's not like you're hitting her or anything. You're handling your daughter as you see fit. :)

Kristen - posted on 09/09/2010

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If she thinks its a game then maybe you could try ignoring her? If she see's that she can't get to you, maybe she will stop. My daughter has started putting her finger in her nose as well. I just ask her if she would like a tissue. I think they are too young to make an issue of it now. If people stare then let them stare. Who cares what they think, I mean, seriously they are so little. There is always going to be someone that thinks they are better or know better, you cant let others bother you over stuff like that. You know you are a good mom and thats all that matters.

Whitney - posted on 09/09/2010

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Thats what I have been doing but my daughter seems to think its a game. She even tests me pointing to her nose then picking her nose then back to pointing to her nose. Then I get stares from people when I tell her "no, thats yucky" like Im being a bad mother for telling her no. I also try to distract her (looking out the window on the bus etc) but that doesnt help.

Kara - posted on 09/09/2010

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My son is 16 months and is doing the same thing. Remember, they're discovering their bodies...and realizing they have 2 holes that fit their tiny fingers. Now, I'm not saying it's the best thing, but don't scream or yell at them. As Jessica said, say 'no' or 'yucky' and in time she'll get the message.

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