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How to teach your child to blow her nose

Some kids can find nose-blowing difficult. How can you help your little one master the skill?

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Some kids can find nose-blowing difficult. How can you help your little one master the skill?

1. Familiarize her with the idea of blowing air out of her nose by getting her to move a cotton ball with only nose air (keeping her mouth closed).

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2. Now she’s ready to try with a tissue. Have her gently press one nostril closed while she blows out with the other, then switch sides.

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3. Have her dispose of her tissue once she’s done and wash her hands to prevent the spread of germs.

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A version of this article appeared in our January 2015 issue with the headline, “How to teach your child to blow her nose,” p. 38.