Booger Eaters: 10 Ways to Stop The Madness


booger eatersIf you have toddler who has discovered the thrill of digging for gold, you may find yourself grossed out and afraid to leave the house with the little booger eater. Convincing your toddler to abandon his newly-found self-entertainment center can be challenging for all parties involved. I mean, how long have you been waiting for that magical moment when your child can play all by himself?

But the fact is, it's a nasty habit that you don't want to encourage unless you want to stop getting play date invites from other skeeved out parents. Our own parents had ways of dealing with this issue that we'd probably like to forget, but were admittedly effective. The new generation of parents, however, is struggling with the least damaging methods to curb the snot intake. Borrowing from the old and the new school methods, here are 10 ways to curb your toddler's appetite for boogers.

New School

  1. Have a frank discussion about the content of snot, and why it's not good for your body. Focus on organic fruit and vegetable substitutes.
  2. As the finger heads north, grab his toddler hands and start doing an enthusiastic Pat-a-Cake rendition.
  3. Talk about how she's making the boogers feel by shoving them down her throat so viciously.
  4. Write and perform a song for her: "Fingers are for Caressing"
  5. Decide that he won't be doing it by the time he goes to Prom, so it's okay.

Old School

  1. Hot sauce on the fingers.
  2. Shame
  3. Explain that no one will like them if they keep chowing down on the boogs.
  4. Tell the story of little Jimmy who ate too many boogers, and died.
  5. Pretend not to notice, pour yourself a Scotch.

Do you live with a booger eater?


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picky eaters, toddler health, toddler development


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ethan... ethans_momma06

I thank gawd every day that I have never known a booger eater, and am thankful that while my almost 4 yr. old does pick his nose (and frequently at that) that he has never EVER EVER thought about eating it.

The idea makes me want to vomit....

Freela Freela

LMAO!  My son had a very novel solution the nose-picking problem when he was younger- rather than a booger eater, he was a booger wiper.  He would wipe them on the wall, on the car window if we were driving, and, quite often, in his hair.  I would almost rather he had eaten them... much less clean-up on my part!

clean... cleanaturalady

I used to tell mine - Stop eating your boogers, you will spoil your appetite for dinner.  Meh, didn't work very well, but they did grow out of it without resorting to any harmful or shame tactics on my part. 

Peajewel Peajewel

No I do not, thank goodness and I am not sure how I would handle the situation if I did.  I can tell you that I have had to use different approaches with each of my kids to get them to do or not do things.  They each respond differently from each other. 

Creat... Createchoas

Someone told me when I was young, and a nose picker, that my boogers were actually my brain. The more I picked, the more brain I was taking out. Scared me right out of picking my nose.

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

Haha.  I just told my son that boogers were dried up snot and dirt.  Then I ignored the picking ( he'd do it while laughing maniacally because he realized it grossed us out.) and it stopped pretty quickly.

Pnukey Pnukey

I'm nauseated just reading this. Thankfully neither of my kids ate their boogers. 

asil asil

wow... my kids have picked their noses, but never eat it... glad i don't have to worry about it.


This made me giggle.  My son thankfully is not a booger eater.

Ashly... Ashlynnsmommy07

my daughter ate it once, I wanted to vomit!!!!

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