The joys and Tribulations of Childcare

A collection of articles written by mothers about their own experiences of raising children.


It's like any other day; you're enjoying a special moment with your baby when suddenly you feel a sharp pain that has seemingly come out of nowhere. Your first instinct is to get angry with your child, but if they are as young as 1-2 years, you know that it won't help much because they are too young to understand what they've done wrong. This is an in-depth guide on why children bite, how to stop the biting, and what you can do when you've sustained a pretty serious wound.

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Causes of Biting

There are many reasons why children bite, depending mostly on their age and environmental factors. Surprisingly, even though the bite may have seemed intentional, it probably wasn't! These are a few of the possible reasons why your youngster could have a problem with biting.

The behavior typically depends on the particular situation in which your child bit. Were they not the center of attention for a certain amount of time? If your child is very young, is he/she teething? All of these factors play in important role in working down to the root of why your child bites.

Tips for Eliminating Biting

The best solution to biting is to know how to react and to practice prevention so that the opportunity for an incident is less likely to come up. These are some simple tips for knowing how to react to a bite and knowing how to prevent the act altogether.

If your child has bitten you, you might feel compelled to lash out and yell. Maintain your composure and firmly tell your child that biting is not okay and that it won't be tolerated. Explain why biting is not okay; tell them that it hurts and ask them how they'd feel if they were bitten. Be sure to promptly remove him/her from the situation and allow them ample time to calm down.

You can prevent biting by avoiding the situations that are likely to cause him/her to bite. You should also encourage the importance of expressing emotions verbally rather than biting. Stress the fact that it is a lot more helpful if he/she speaks about the problem rather than expresses it through a painful physical act.

If your child is very young, the culprit of the biting problem could be the teething process. In this case, give your child a cool teething ring to sink frustrations into.

How to Handle a Biting Injury

In the event that your little one has managed to pierce the skin, it's imperative that you treat the affected area right away. You can start treating the area by washing the wound with soap and water. If the bite appears to be deep, contact a healthcare professional as soon as possible. It's highly possible that you will need to undergo a round of antibiotics as well as a tetanus shot.


Please be aware that the articles on this site are written by mothers who are discussing their own experiences and their own opinions. They do not, and are not meant to, represent professional advice and should be read with that point firmly in mind.

Our children’s welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the slightest doubt about any aspect of caring for a child you are urged to seek qualified, specialist advice from a professional advisor.

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