Many times children bite in order to cope with a challenge or fulfill a need.
For example, your child may be feeling frustration, want personal space (maybe another child is standing too close) or may just want to satisfy a need for oral stimulation. If you can determine why your child is biting you can come up with the best way to curb the behavior.
Three Strategies to Prevent Biting
- Distract your child with a toy or book.
- Suggest how your child might better handle the situation.
- Suggest ways to share.
Remember, learning a new behavior takes time. Your toddler may bite again, so continue watching playtime closely. It also helps to use the same words (No biting. Biting hurts.) as consistently as possible to emphasize the message.