Blow Me Down

OK, so I know that a big part of my audience is the mid 20s female. And, I know that you’re not all married or mom’s to this point. You might not think you can help me here, but I know you can.

Or at least I’m hoping you can.

For this ‘problem,’ I’m seeking any and all advice from moms, aunts, big sisters, dads, big brothers, uncles — anyone. Anyone that has encountered a kid with a runny nose, that is.

You see, Aidan has a cold. A his-nose-is-running-round-the-clock kind of cold. His spirits are up. His appetite is strong. So there are good signs.

The challenge? He will not under any circumstance blow his nose.

Now, he’s great at saying he needs a tissue, and he’ll come running right over to whoever has one (though it can’t be a used one). He’ll let you wipe his nose. He just won’t blow it.

Renee and I have tried persuasion, strong voices, nice voices, bribery — anything. He won’t do it. The frustrating part? He’s done it before! But, for whatever reason, right now, he wants nothing to do with it.

So, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles — what’s the trick to get a three year old to blow his nose?

Of course, as I write this, I’m almost certain he’s blowing his nose just fine at his grandmother’s house, because, as my father-in-law said this morning, “If anyone can get him to do it, Mimi can.”


What else? I got nothin’.

20 Comments on “Blow Me Down”

  1. Stormy says:

    Sorry, wish I could help you. Payton has had no problems blowing her nose.

  2. La says:

    Well, speaking as a childless (almost) 33 year old member of your female audience, I say give it time. I think kids do things when they’re ready, and can be stubborn, so will do things when they want to do them. My nephew had a cold on Thanksgiving, and I was following him around all night with tissues, and he was like, “Auntie La, I DON’T need to blow my nose.” And I’m like, “OK!” And then saw him blow his nose when he thought I wasn’t looking.

  3. verybadcat says:

    Have you tried the one nostril at a time thing? My Dad used to hold one side of the nose shut, while instructing us to “BLOW!” through the other one. Maybe all that pressure all at once? If his head’s really full?

    That’s the best I can do….
    WAIT! Does he like to be a gross little boy yet? Show him how to shoot a snot rocket!! Then it’s cool, and he’ll do it all the time (hopefully not at the dinner table). I forgot all about snot rockets.

  4. Jess says:

    Can you give him “options”? Like, “You can blow your nose if you want. Or if you don’t want, I’ll go get that little snot squeezer thing from when you were a baby [do you know what I’m talking about? Do you have one of those?] and clear your nose that way. Which do you prefer?”

    Or is that, like, threatening and therefore unethical? Can you tell I don’t have kids?

  5. Each says:

    i second the snot bulb, freaks kids out and is like “two birds one stone” sorta thing
    1- get snot out
    2- encourages self blowing so no need for snot bulb.

    (worked when i nannied!, oh and cheerios in the toliet worked for tile tinkle syndrome, what can i say, boys like to aim at something)

  6. Anna says:

    At least he doesn’t snort it back up like another three-year-old I know! Sigh.

  7. Okay so you have to pick (hahaha) the battles you will fight. I believe i will lose a couple battles before I win the war. it might be an age thing. he may not understand what you are trying to get him to do. The nose plunger works wonders and a little saline solution up the nose helps too. i do not want anything up my nose so he might get it…. good luck!

  8. Stephanie says:

    No nose blowing advice – sorry.

    BUT, perhaps to get in the Christmas spirit I will make some cookies. And maybe I will send some your way. No promises.

    AND, are you pumped for tonight? Because watching football all day yesterday with no Patriots was torture. I can’t wait!

  9. Melissa says:

    Well, like La, I am a childless (almost) 33 year old, but I have 3 nephews and a niece. I agree with the “give it time” suggestion. Keep trying, but give it time. They always come around. In the meantime, wipe up what you can so it’s not dripping all over. Good luck!

  10. L B says:

    my dad used to let me blow my nose IN his tshirt…i think i thought it was gross and funny…but i did it…ewwww come to think of it! hey, but he’s a good dad and i appreciated the make-shift tissue!

  11. Molly says:

    Oh man, I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the daycare we used to just squeeze their noses and basically drag the snot out. Nicely, of course.

  12. feefifoto says:

    I had a similar challenge with my daughter, who wanted to blow her nose but couldn’t get the hang of it. I told her to make as if she were going to scream through her nose. The actual physical act wasn’t the key, but rather the idea that I was urging her to actually scream — how cool is that? (“Louder honey. Come on — can’t you scream louder than that!?”). Before too long she was having fun blowing her nose.

  13. Erin says:

    My daughter, who is now 4, wouldn’t blow her nose and ended up with a horrible sinus infection from sniffing… Let him know it’s his choice- blow or use the snot sucker. Saline spray can help as well.

  14. CuriousC says:

    the Scream-Thru-Your-Nose idea! too funny…

  15. Maybe hold the tissue up and play a game like pretending he is on a train and make him make a train sound with his nose ( like blowing the horn) and then you make the sound too just for effect – it has worked with my nephew~

  16. cdp says:

    Wow. This is indeed a curious situation. My only problem here has been in teaching littles HOW to actually blow their noses. You know, there’s always that stage from 1 to 2 or so when they just inhale strongly as opposed to blowing, and they don’t understand what you’re saying when you’re like no, BLOW!

    I have no ideas at all on this one. I’m sorry I can’t be of any help! (I’m still recovering from taking an exam this morning.)

    Please keep us posted on the status of the situation though! And I hope Aidan is feeling all better soon!

  17. Clink says:

    Oh god. I am clearly of NO HELP in this situation.

    But I hope the little guy is feeling better soon.

  18. Shannon says:

    Here’s what I do…. With my 4 yr old, I still need to remind him how to blow his nose. I usually demonstrate on myself first — without a tissue. In a very exaggerated way, I show him how I push air out my nose. Then I hold the tissue up to his nose, and say “ok, now you do it and make sure to close your mouth.” We usually do this about 3 times (each time with me saying “close your mouth, close your mouth”). We usually get something out but still often end up going in there and scooping out a booger or two. Good luck!

  19. JC says:

    he’s only 3 and my girl is 4 and she’s a sleeve wiper, but not just her sleeve….my sleeve is not out of bounds yet.

    I would blow my nose in front of him and then show him how cool it is to see what came out of my nose….that’s what i do with my girl.

    Good news – by his wedding day, he’ll know how to blow his nose….i hope….

    BTW how is he with lifting the seat to go pee pee?

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