Picking Noses

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Picking Noses

So Zayden is obsessed...and I mean OBSESSED with picking his nose and eating it. He does it generally without thinking but as soon as I call him on it he immediatley puts his finger in his mouth to "complete" the process. We always tell him "No David" (from the No David book, his current favorite) but then he does it more and more and more.

I assume this is somewhat normal at this age but GROOOOSSSS. Any ideas?

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Jack isn't nose picking much (he does do it though lol) but he's chewing the crap out of his shirts! he has tons of tshirts with holes all along the collars and no matter how many times I tell him to get his shirt out of his mouth he's chewing again in a few seconds, then he asks for a dry shirt because he soaks them, it's nasty! I have no clue how to get him to stop.

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I think I would try to ignore it. I know when we call Miles out on certain things (like playing with his wenis) he does it more and more. If we just let it go, he doesn't do it so much. Maybe hand Z a kleenex and leave it at that?

Tanya, my brother used to chew his shirts - well into high school. I'm not sure if he still does or not! LOL!

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Jude picks his nose, too and if I make a big deal out of it [especially if I say something like, "ewwww! that's yucky!"] he keeps doing it. That's a boy for ya, huh? If we're at home I just ignore it or gently move his finger out of his nose and say softly, "Please stop." If he does it again, I just ignore it. If we're in public, I move his finger and say, "please stop" and if he continues I say it more firmly until he stops.

Ashley, the ONLY thing that worked when trying to get Jude to stop playing with his "junk" was to ask him if he needed to go potty. When he said, "no" I'd tell him that when he touches himself it makes me think he needs to go potty and if he kept touching himself, he'd need to go in and sit on the potty. The boy HATES having to stop his play time to go potty when he doesn't need to, so it worked!

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Sophia has done it a few times, but I asked her once...would you like to stick your hand in the toilet and get some poop, and put it in your mouth? And she said "ewww, no!" and I said "well picking your nose and eating it is just as disgusting" And she looked at me completely horrified, and she hasn't done it since. Now, I'm sure she probably will do it again, but it did make an impression. Now, I'm sure the same thing would probably not work the same way on a boy...they would probably be like "yeah, I want to try to eat poop." LOL

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Funny Carrie! Glad that worked but yeah, with a boy it may not be as effective.

Our biggest issue with picking noses (other than the ewww factor) is that there have been several times he picks it and starts a nose bleed. Saturday night I was trying to relax in a bath after z went to bed and Charley brings him in, plops him on the toilet I get out of the tub to find my baby's face COVERED in blood, his pjs everything blood still pouring out. Took five minutes to stop the bleeding and another 10 for Charley to clean all the blood off his bed, the carpet, the walls everything. He'd got up to get a tissue and just made a huge mess.

Good news is that I haven't seen him do it since then, this wasn't the first time but certainly the worst.