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How can I get my child to stop picking his nose?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: Habit/habit disorder

If your child understands his habit is "not okay" with family, friends & teachers, but persists, he may need evaluation for anxiety +/- impulsivity.
Substitute a "fidget" (wiki sticks or worry stone). Team with his teacher to use a cue like "quiet hands" in a low, calm voice. Chastising him reinforces the behavior. Let him practice "quiet hands" a few min./day, so he can earn tokens for rewards.

In brief: Habit/habit disorder

If your child understands his habit is "not okay" with family, friends & teachers, but persists, he may need evaluation for anxiety +/- impulsivity.
Substitute a "fidget" (wiki sticks or worry stone). Team with his teacher to use a cue like "quiet hands" in a low, calm voice. Chastising him reinforces the behavior. Let him practice "quiet hands" a few min./day, so he can earn tokens for rewards.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Consider a reason

Sometimes there is crusting in the front of the nose from either dryness, or nasal or sinus infection.
Consider bedtime humidifier and cleansing nose with saline a couple times daily followed by sesame oil drops. If that doesn't help then have MD prescribe water based antibiotic gel such as muciprocin. If these don't help then suggest ENT visit to exclude allergy or sinusitis.

In brief: Consider a reason

Sometimes there is crusting in the front of the nose from either dryness, or nasal or sinus infection.
Consider bedtime humidifier and cleansing nose with saline a couple times daily followed by sesame oil drops. If that doesn't help then have MD prescribe water based antibiotic gel such as muciprocin. If these don't help then suggest ENT visit to exclude allergy or sinusitis.
Dr. Mark Loury
Dr. Mark Loury
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Dr. William Culviner
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Persistence

Just like any habit, it requires consistent attempts to modify that behavior. You should tell your child that you are concerned because this habit can lead to nose bleeding problems or even can damage the nose (septal perforation-hole in the divider between the nostrils, adhesions -scars inside the nose) which could require uncomfortable procedures in the doctors office or even painful surgery.

In brief: Persistence

Just like any habit, it requires consistent attempts to modify that behavior. You should tell your child that you are concerned because this habit can lead to nose bleeding problems or even can damage the nose (septal perforation-hole in the divider between the nostrils, adhesions -scars inside the nose) which could require uncomfortable procedures in the doctors office or even painful surgery.
Dr. William Culviner
Dr. William Culviner
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