filed in Eating Habits by Ages on Dec.22, 2010
There is a general perception that boogers which is also known as “mucus” is eaten by younger kids but you will be shocked to know that this habit is found in big-kids, adults and old people as well. But my main focus is on kids.
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Why do Kids Start Eating Boogers?
Eating boogers is known as “mucophagy” and it is mostly practiced by kids. There are several reasons behind the habit of eating boogers. Some people think that the kids are unaware of the facts that boogers or mucus is healthy or not, they only think that mucus is salty like tears. Most quantity of the mucus is swallowed and goes down to throat. But when it becomes stiff and stays in nose for a longer time, then kids develop habit of eating boogers.
Is Eating Boogers Good for Health?
Some people think that eating boogers is a healthy habit. Mucus is actually a combination of water, salt and chemicals made by body so some people suppose that mucus serves as a trap that stops the germs and dust from entering into nose. More interestingly, a lung specialist says that eating boogers is healthy for health of kids. He believes that when kids put their finger in nose, then finger reaches to the parts of nose where hanky can’t reach and this practice keeps nose clean.
It is a fact that mucus keeps the lungs healthy. I will tell you why is it so? Our nostrils contain little hair called “cilia” that grab germs and dust during breathing process. Mucus covers cilia and protects us and ceases dangerous elements from entering in our body. Research has also shown that mucus is made of antiseptic enzymes and antibodies which do not let germs and dust enter into lungs.
How to Get Rid of This Habit?
There are various methods that can be helpful to get rid of this habit. Here is a collection of tips to get rid of this ridiculous habit:
- You can stop your kid by saying that “I think that you need a tissue?”
- You can spray something on the kid’s hands and boogers which don’t taste good at all.
- Place something on the fingers of your kid that cause a feeling of burning like pepper or cinnamon oil.
- Sometimes kids realize themselves that it is not a good habit and it is not acceptable in society he is living in.
- You can also stop your child by giving a false statement like “your boogers consist of spiders and insects which would harm you.”
The above mentioned methods have been proved very successful in stopping kids from eating boogers.