How to Teach Your Child to Blow Their Nose
Knowing how to teach your child to blow their nose will rid you of forever having to clean up a snotty face. Kids are cute, but snotty ones less so! By age two, most children are developmentally able to learn to blow their noses but whether or not your child is interested and agreeable is another matter. The following ‘how to’ helps nudge them in the right direction.
1- Encourage them to imitate. Children between the ages of 2 and 3 like to imitate, so take advantage of this fact and stock up. If you need to blow your nose at any point in the day, try and do it in front of them. Don’t raise the issue for the first couple of months as you want them to develop a natural curiosity.
2- Teach them the conceptual action of ‘blowing’. Some children aren’t familiar with the action of blowing out at all, even through their mouth, so start there. Teach them to blow bubbles underwater is a good, fun place to start. Once they get the hang of that, you can introduce the idea of using the nose to blow air.
3- Help them to see what’s happening. It may help to hold one nostril shut so they can better appreciate the result of blowing air through their nose. A piece of loose tissue under their nose will flutter in the exhale for example. When they do blow their nose, have them look in the mirror to see what the ‘none snooty nose’ looks like. Positively reinforce how handsome/pretty they now look.
4- Blow gently. Forceful nose blowing can cause the mucus in his nose to back up into his middle ear or sinuses, raising the risk of infection, so be sure to teach your child to blow gently.
5- Make sure you also teach your child to put their used tissues in the garbage after they blows their nose.
Sniffing will cause blocked sinuses and possibly very painful ear infections. Discourage it at all times!