Parenting

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?

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).

Quick-Fixes-Jan-2015-Todays-Parent2

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.

Quick-Fixes-Jan-2015-Todays-Parent3

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

Quick-Fixes-Jan-2015-Todays-Parent4

 

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.

 

Stay in touch

Subscribe to Today's Parent's daily newsletter for our best parenting news, tips, essays and recipes.