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When will my child be able to blow his own nose?
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 3-13 years
Seriously! I have seen kids in middle school who still refuse to blow their nose, they prefer to sniff it up instead, driving their parents crazy! but, many children, around age 3-4, can be taught how to use a tissue to blow their nose.
.......Before that, it's up to mom or dad to chase them around with the tissue!

In brief: 3-13 years
Seriously! I have seen kids in middle school who still refuse to blow their nose, they prefer to sniff it up instead, driving their parents crazy! but, many children, around age 3-4, can be taught how to use a tissue to blow their nose.
.......Before that, it's up to mom or dad to chase them around with the tissue!
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: 2 years
Children can learn to blow their noses if the parents playfully start teaching the children from about 18 months onward.
Some kids don't like to blow their noses, and won't do it even at age 5-6 years.

In brief: 2 years
Children can learn to blow their noses if the parents playfully start teaching the children from about 18 months onward.
Some kids don't like to blow their noses, and won't do it even at age 5-6 years.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Russell Faust
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: 2 years
Blowing your nose is a learned behavior, so takes time and practice.
But even toddlers can play these games: start by blowing through the mouth - bubbles, or blowing pieces of paper across the floor (have a race). Then practice doing that using the nose. Then "blow the hankie" using a tissue. You can teach your child to blow their nose. Dr. Hana solomon describes this in a great article.

In brief: 2 years
Blowing your nose is a learned behavior, so takes time and practice.
But even toddlers can play these games: start by blowing through the mouth - bubbles, or blowing pieces of paper across the floor (have a race). Then practice doing that using the nose. Then "blow the hankie" using a tissue. You can teach your child to blow their nose. Dr. Hana solomon describes this in a great article.
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust
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In brief: Any
Each child has their own time table for this ability.
It's not so easy a skill to teach. I have had some success with getting a child to "blow" out birthday candles as hard as she can, using a tissue instead of candles, and then repeating the process while she closes her mouth so she feels the air come through her nose. Some just get the idea early on and do it. Almost all kids can by 2-3 yrs.

In brief: Any
Each child has their own time table for this ability.
It's not so easy a skill to teach. I have had some success with getting a child to "blow" out birthday candles as hard as she can, using a tissue instead of candles, and then repeating the process while she closes her mouth so she feels the air come through her nose. Some just get the idea early on and do it. Almost all kids can by 2-3 yrs.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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