Biting can be common for babies and very young children.
Reasons children bite:
- Needing attention.
- Imitating others.
Observe your child carefully. Answer these questions to think about ways to prevent biting:
- When and under what circumstances does biting occur?
- Who is she biting?
- How does your child react when the child he has bitten becomes upset?
- Is biting worse at certain times of the day?
Some of the triggers of biting can be prevented:
- Give your child something to chew on, like a soft cloth or teething ring.
- Reduce the frustrations of sharing toys by having extras of popular toys (for example, have enough balls for every child) or having other options available.
- Provide close supervision.
- Keep the daily routine predictable.
- Be patient and consistent.
- Give the child lots of positive attention throughout the day when she is not biting.
- Help your child understand other ways to express feelings of frustration or anger, through healthy communication and positive discipline.
- Don’t bite back! While it may seem like biting back will discourage your child from doing it again, he will probably feel encouraged to imitate you and keep biting.