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Photo: zeljkodan (Shutterstock) If you’ve ever been around kids for any length of time, you’ve surely asked yourself: Why, why on Earth , would a person eat the inner contents of their disgusting nose? The most basic answer is: Kids are gross, and they do gross things. But more specifically, in the words of a child I know (I’ll never say who): “I eat them when I’m hungry, and because they taste good.” As gag-worthy as this may be to adults, the fact remains: Most kids have snacked on a booger or two. First, let’s touch on why—then cover how to curb the habit. Why do kids eat boogers? There are a few reasons kids engage in this grody habit, besides the aforementioned fake-ass “hunger.” First, being curious, tactile beings who learn by watching others, they want to try what they see other kids doing. (And a lot of kids do this.) Secondly, they aren’t the most hygienic or hydrated beings, and they often play outside, where dirt lives. All these conditions make for dry, crusty boogs most easily removed by a finger. Once they’re out—again, hygiene not being their forte—rather than interrupt a high stakes game of red-light green-light or an episode of Ninjago to find a tissue, they eat it simply because it’s efficient. There’s no easier place to discard the evidence than down the hatch. Some kids may pick and eat as a way to cope with feeling nervous or anxious. Others may eat them simply […]