Most parents just think nose picking is a bit disgusting and even a bit embarrassing, especially if your little ones decide to do it in a public place, but it could actually be deadly.
Picking your nose could spread a dangerous bacteria which causes pneumonia, new research warns.
The study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, shows that the transmission of pneumonia can occur through contact between the nose and hands when exposed to the bacteria.
Researchers found that the bacteria spreads at the same rate whether dry or wet, or whether people pick or even just rub their noses.
Pneumonia is a major cause of death around the world and is estimated to be responsible for 1.3 million deaths in children under five years of age.
Researchers have shared some simple advice that may prevent the spread of the deadly bacteria.
“For parents, as this research shows that hands are likely to spread pneumococcus, this may be important when children are in contact with elderly relatives or relatives with reduced immune systems,” said lead researcher Dr Victoria Connor, a clinical research fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Royal Liverpool Hospital.
“In these situations, ensuring good hand hygiene and cleaning of toys or surfaces would likely reduce transmission, and reduce the risk of developing pneumococcal infection such as pneumonia.”
A different study shared previously claimed people who pick their noses may actually be healthier. Read more on that here.
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