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- What happens if a dog eats human boogers?
- What does it mean when a dog licks you?
- How you can help them stop it
- Talk to them
- Teach them why it’s not good to do
- Let them know about the physical downside
- Redirect the child’s nerves
- Are Boogers Good for You?
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What happens if a dog eats human boogers?
Has My Dog Eaten Human Poop? The vast majority of dogs that ingest human feces will suffer no side effects and will be able to digest it just as they would normal food. … This can lead to the dog suffering increased vomiting and becoming somewhat uncoordinated and lethargic in their behavior.
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What does it mean when a dog licks you?
“Dogs often lick people to show affection, as a greeting, or to simply get our attention. Of course, if you happen to have a little food, lotion, or salty sweat on your skin, that may play a role as well.” Along with affection, these are some other things your dog actually wants from you.
How you can help them stop it
Talk to them
A conversation needs to happen first. Ask your child why he eats his boogers. Ask him why he feels the need to pick his nose in the first place. Let your child tell you why he got started so you both can figure out to stop it.
Teach them why it’s not good to do
Dr. Koempel, a pediatric otolaryngologist states, “There are some potential health issues associated with nose-picking, mainly the potential for causing bloody noses and introducing bacteria into the nose.”
If your children are a bit older and can understand, get into more detail about why they should stop eating their boogers. Talk to them about disease, germs, and bacteria. Let them know when they pick and don’t wash their hands they are spreading viruses around the house that can make the rest of the family sick.
Let them know about the physical downside
Not only will they spread their germs around, but the constant picking can cause painful sores in their nose. Talk to your child about picking leading to sores which can lead to infection.
Redirect the child’s nerves
You are going to have to find another way for your kid to release that nervous or anxious energy. Those bubble sensory toys are amazing. They keep little fingers busy and out of their nose. Sometimes all it takes is a little redirection of their energy.
Are Boogers Good for You?
Just like dirt builds our immune system, it’s possible that boogers serve a similar function.
Dirt and bacteria trapped in mucus may help train strengthen our immune system so that it can fight off other illnesses down the road.
Scientists who subscribe to this theory, dubbed the “hygiene hypothesis,” believe that early exposure is beneficial and that keeping things “too clean” and sterile can be detrimental.
When our bodies come in contact with germs and bacteria at an early age, our immune response is created and strengthened. Essentially, this is how our bodies learn how to fight off harmful microbes.
So it follows that by eating their boogers, which contain dirt and germs, your child is building a stronger immune system and may be healthier as an adult.
There is limited research to back up this idea, but at the same time, it is doubtful that boogers are harmful.
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