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.
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.
•They are teething.
•They want a reaction.
•They want attention.
•They are frustrated.
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
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 their frustration
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
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
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