Apr 7, 2017 · The Treehouse
Biting is a typical behavior often seen in infants, toddlers, and two year old's. Its best to discourage this behavior right away. Some children bite instinctively, because they have not yet developed self control. They don't stop to think about other ways to act. This is just one reason why children may bite. Children also may bit to relieve pain, explore cause and effect, the sensation, satisfy a need for oral-motor stimulation, imitate other children, to feel in control, get attention, act in self defense, communicate hunger or fatigue and to express difficult feelings, such as frustration, anger, confusion, or fear. Their are a variety of things that families can do to prevent biting. It can help to make sure your child's schedule, routines, and transitions are predictable and consistent. It also helps to offer activities and materials that allow your child to relax and release tension. It is also important to remember to offer gentle reminders to your child, phrased in a way that they know what behaviors are expected. Some children benefit from items such as teething rings or clean, wet, cold washcloths stored in the refrigerator. This teaches children that they can bit safely, without hurting anyone.