Why do children bite?

Why do children bite?

Biting is a common behavior seen in infants and toddlers. Children bite for many different reasons, such as teething or expressing dissatisfaction. However, they tend to outgrow it when they learn the language skill to express their feelings better, gain self-control, and develop problem-solving skills. 

While it may seem like a normal part of childhood development, the habit can be very upsetting. So, it’s something you want to discourage at the very beginning. But, first, you might want to find out some reasons why Your Child may bite.

Why do young children bite?
There are several reasons why children bite. If Your Child bites, you want to understand the underlying cause so as to develop an effective response. Infants and toddlers bite for any of the following reasons:

How to respond when Your Child bites
Every situation is different, but it’s important to respond immediately when the biting happens. How you respond may depend on Your Child ‘s age and the possible reason for biting. In any situation, try to stay calm and use clear signals to communicate that it is not okay to bite someone. A firm “no biting, it hurts, and I don’t want to see people get hurt!” is an appropriate response.

Here are what you can do if you witness Your Child bite someone:

  1. Calmly and firmly say “no”: Address Your Child with a firm “no biting!” or “biting hurts!” Keep your language simple and easy for a baby of their age to understand, but make it clear that biting is wrong. Ideally make it personal, such as “I do not want to see any biting. It makes me sad.” 
  2. Comfort the victim: Now, direct your attention to the bitten person, especially if it’s another child. Offer some words of comfort. If there is an injury, perform the necessary first aid.
  3. Then, comfort Your Child: It’s possible that Your Child doesn’t know that biting hurts and may feel upset on seeing that the victim is hurting. So, it’s fine to comfort your child, especially if they are showing remorse. But if Your Child was only seeking attention, you don’t want to reinforce this behavior by giving much  attention right after it happened. You want, however, to give Your Child all your attention later. Because maybe the incident was a call for help to get more of your attention and love.
  4. If applicable, suggest alternatives: After things have settled, talk to Your Child and find out what led to the incident. Then, restate that biting is not allowed and suggest what they can do in such situations, such as using words like “no,” “stop,” or “that’s mine.”
  5. Distract Your Child: Distraction usually works for children of that age. If Your Child is feeling unsettled, redirect the little one’s attention to more positive activity, like dancing to music or playing a game.

How to stop Your Child’s biting habit

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