Childhood Diseases

Posted by: cat | 2012-03-12


4 year old and nose

My 4 year old son is forever putting his finger in his nose - and eating whatever comes out. A lot of times he would even get a nose bleed, sometimes also during the night (not sure if the finger goes into the nose while he is sleeping though). Is there anything we can do to get him to stop picking his nose - we have tried several things now - telling him he will get worms or he will loose his finger etc but nothing seem to work. He knows that he should not do it but can''t seem to stop doing it. Please help, his little brother is doing it everytime he sees it but luckily most of the time he wipes it off and doesn''t eat it.

Expert's Reply



This is extremely common in young children. Like all habits the more you draw your child's attention to his habit of picking his nose,the more he will do it. So pretend not to notice and you will be surprised to find that he will stop by himself after a while.Another trick is to focus his attention on something else when you see that he is picking his nose, but again do not mention a word about this habit.

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