How To Stop Your Child From Biting?

How To Stop Your Child From Biting?

31 Oct 2021 | 2 min Read

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Biting is a normal part of childhood development. Young children bite for many reasons – teething, frustration, or tantrums. Children eventually outgrow this habit when they grow older.

How to stop biting?

Prevent your child from biting you or someone else. You may follow the following tips:

  • Teething is a phase that compels a child to chew something very forcefully. And this sometimes leads to biting. In this case, give your child a cool teething ring or hard vegetables like peeled carrot, so that baby can try this stuff rather than accidentally biting someone.
  • Avoid those situations that make your child irritable. Carry some of its favorite toys when you are for some social outings. Ensure that its nap time is followed.
  • Once your child is old enough to communicate appropriately, encourage him to use words rather than actions. Let him understand that there can be other ways too to express anger and anxiety.
  • Give your child enough of your time throughout the day (for example, by reading or playing together) so they don’t bite just to get attention.

Even with your best prevention efforts, biting incidents might still occur. When your child bites, firmly let your child know that this behavior is not acceptable by saying, “No. We don’t bite!” Explain that biting hurts the other person. Then remove your child from the situation and give the child time to calm down.

You might have heard from other parents that if your child bites you, bite your child back. This isn’t good advice. Children learn by imitation. If you bite your child, the child will think that this behavior is acceptable and will be more likely to do it again. The same goes for hitting a child for biting.


Biting Injury Treatment

The first thing to do for any biting injury is to wash the area with soap and water. Even little teeth can break the skin. If the bite is bleeding and the wound appears to be profound, call your child’s doctor. The bite may need medical treatment, which could include antibiotics or a tetanus shot, or both.

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