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Spelunking Safety: Nasal Edition

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Gay Uncle Brett Berk: It's allergy season, which means that I'm all schmutzig. The only relief seems to come at night when the contents of my nose cake up for the duration of my slumber. Once morning arises, this naturally brings up the issue of getting that stuff out of there. How does this connect to young children? Well, since they're constantly acquiring germs from other kids, they deal with Gunk-in-the-Trunk (as in Elephant's trunk) all the time. And while a tissue is great when they have a runny or stuffy nose, I believe that nothing trumps a finger for excavating the hard clumpy stuff. You know what I'm talking about. Nose Picking.

boy picking his nose

Now I believe in some level of propriety, so I don't want to eat dinner with a kid whose finger is permanently inserted in their nostril. But I think it's fine to let your kid dig around in their schnoz away from the prying eyes of the general public. (You can decide if this includes you or not.) Frankly, teaching them to self-pick is a hell of a lot less grody than having to go spelunking in there yourself. Just be sure to alert them as to where you believe nasal mining is acceptable, and where it isn't. And in the not-okay places, you can teach them to hide their activities behind what I like to call The Social Shroud (Kleenex).

Finally, if your kid is going to dive in unprotected, make sure their nails are clipped -- we don't need any more blood on our hands in this country -- and that they wash their mitts before and after; finger-to-nose contact is one of the top means by which colds are transmitted. (Allergies, sadly, are non-transferable.)

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Stephen June 3, 2009, 12:05 PM

Nasal SpeLunking is a Child’s way of trying to deal with their Enviro Allergies.

While Adults may give the Child a “Social Pass” when they do it ..
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Bree Hill June 4, 2009, 1:17 AM

I tried this great new program with my kids called Germy Wormy Germ Smart. It helped even my 3 year old understand how germs spread and how to NOT spread germs. It was so much fun, and it was amazing how quickly they learned healthier hygiene habits!

tobin June 4, 2009, 7:38 AM

Ever notice kids pick their nose when they are in a contemplative mode? Maybe it’s the sightlessness of the adventure—gotta visualize what’s going on there.

If that crusty stuff is a problem them=n saline spray helps keep the body tiisue and the buggers moist.
Also, for parents who worry about irritation there is boroleum ointment, a product that’s been available for over 100 years. It has camphor and menthol and white petroleum and it makes your nose feel all better..

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