Try to Keep His/Her Hands Occupied
If you happen to know when and where your kid tends to start nose picking, for example, while watching television – try providing your child with an object to keep their hands occupied.
Motivate them to indulge in physical activities which encourages the use of their hands at the maximum. Puzzle-solving, playing with Lego, crafts are some of the fun options you may consider. Once he/she starts enjoying it, his/her mind will surely be distracted from nose picking.
Keep an Eye on Your Child if He/She Has Nose Picking Habit
If your kid is excessively into nose picking or if the habit becomes a consistent nervous behaviour, seek a doctor’s advice. Nervous behaviours can be sucking the thumb, picking nose until it’s bleeding, having sleeping disorders, etc.
Treat Their Allergies (If They Have Any)
It is difficult for children to deal with allergies, unlike adults. Hence, they might turn to nose picking. Some of the allergens which kids as well adults might be allergic to are pollen, dust mites, pet dander and mold. Treat them by consulting your pediatrician.
Be Patient and Keep Trying
Every child has their own set of habits which stays up until a certain age. It is not a matter to be worried or panic about. When he/she enters school, he/she will gradually give up on nose picking. Teasing from classmates is a really big motivation to stop the habit of nose picking and forgetting it completely. But make sure the teasing does not turn into bullying.
Keep Children Hydrated
Encourage your child drink lots of fluids if you stay in dry areas or if the air-conditioning or heaters tend to create dryness in your child’s nasal passage. Placing an air-humidifier in their room might also be helpful in reducing their nose-picking habit.
Don’t stress yourself too much with your kid’s nose-picking habit. Take some basic precautions like keeping their nails short so that they don’t hurt themselves too much.
Learn more about cultivating healthy habits in children, here.