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When will my child be old enough to blow his own nose and how can I teach him?

Dan Levy pediatrician

Most children are developmentally able to learn to blow their noses by around age 2 — some even earlier. Of course, whether or not your child is interested at that point is another matter.

Until then, it's important to keep your baby's nasal passages clear for him so that he'll be comfortable — especially while eating and sleeping. If he's 5 months old or younger, you can do this by putting just a drop of saline solution (available at the pharmacy) into each nostril and then gently suctioning his nose with a rubber bulb syringe. Do this before his feedings and before you tuck him in, if you think he's congested

When your child is between 6 months and 2 years old, putting the saline solution into his nostrils without suctioning may be all you need to do. He'll probably snort or sneeze to clear his nostrils of the solution.

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