Just like other habits, your child starts nose-picking when he/she feels bored or simply gets curious about it. Sometimes, it’s because the kid gets nervous. Compared to thumb sucking, nail-biting or hair twisting, nose-picking shows a less nervous state of mind.
Allergies make children more prone to nose-picking. All those mucus and crusting keep holding their attention. In other cases, a particular environmental factor can drive the kids to indulge in nose picking more often. Those environmental triggers can be the heating or air-conditioning system. It dries out the kid’s nasal passage, leaving them with an uncomfortable feeling which makes them start their nose-picking habit.
Unlike nail-biting, which may follow kids to their adulthood, nose-picking will stop as your child grows up. Generally, children give up their nose picking habit by themselves or by pressure from their friends’ teasing in school.
6 Effective Ways to Stop Nose Picking in Children
Do Not Criticize if Your Child Has Nose Picking Habit
Although you are not happy when your kid continues nose-picking in front of relatives, friends or strangers, you should not scold or criticise him/her in front of everyone. Forcing the child to stop nose picking will not help as the kid himself/herself is not aware of his/her action.
Sometimes, putting pressure may result in contrary effects. Your child will then start seeing nose picking habits as a joke to tease you. The more you force him/her to not do it, the more he/she will do it.
Some parents make use of certain techniques, such as having an elastic bandage wrapped around their child’s finger, hoping the uneasy feeling may keep their child away from nose picking. But this is not the right thing to do. It seems like a punishment to the child. Instead, teach the kid that blowing his/her nose may help instead of nose picking.