It might seem simple, but learning how to blow the nose can be tricky for many kids. Lots of kids end up sniffling in the snot rather than blowing out the boogers. So how exactly do you teach kids to blow their nose?
First, knowing why nose-blowing helps us is important. Next, breaking down the steps can be a big help. Last but not least, practice makes progress.
Watching other people walk through the process can be a big help. Check out the video demonstrations at the end of this article!
Nose-Blowing Benefits for Everyone
When you know why something is good for you, you’re more likely to try it.
That’s why it’s important to understand why we do the things we do!
So…why should you bother blowing your nose?
Why is Nose-Blowing Often Tricky for Kids?
Your brain and body need to work together during nose-blowing.
Teach Kids to Blow Their Nose in 3 Steps
STEP 1. Practice blowing air out the mouth and feeling the warm air on your hands.
Then try blowing a tissue with the mouth, just like blowing out a candle.
STEP 2. Practice blowing air out the nose while the mouth is closed.
Then try moving the tissue with the air from the nose. Covering the mouth can remind kids to close their mouth.
STEP 3. Time to try getting snot out of the nose! Gently, of course.
If a grown-up can help hold the tissue, this can be very helpful. Then the child can just focus on blowing boogers out the nose.
Later, kids will learn how to be coordinated. Someday, they can hold the tissue at the same time as blowing their nose!
Fun Ways to Learn How to Blow the Nose
If the tissue tips don’t do the trick, no worries! Try these playful ideas:
These games are great to practice when kids are healthy.
Otherwise, everything could get pretty sticky and icky…
More Nose-Blowing Tips for Kids
Video Showing Kids How to Blow Their Nose
Need extra tips?
Watch these videos for nose-blowing practice tips.
The first video shows how to practice with a tissue. Sometimes, this is all kids need to figure it out.
But every child is different, and others need a little more practice. Games and exploration can be a big help!
The second video gives 3 examples of fun ways to practice blowing through the mouth and then the nose.