3 Tips You Can Use To Stop A Toddler From Biting
Most parents believe their children are little angels with no capacity to hurt someone else. However, parents often learn that their child is no such thing and has bitten someone. What can you do to stop a toddler from biting?
1 – Be Sure You Learn Why They Are Biting
Many toddlers bite; but, to get them to stop biting you need to learn why they are biting in the first place. Many bite because they’re upset and don’t know the right way to express the emotion. They automatically do the first thing that pops into their mind – biting, hitting, pulling, pushing, etc.
Toddlers tend to explore the area of cause and effect such as what would happen if he/she pushed another child or knock over a child’s blocks. All throughout the day, a toddler’s mind has these thoughts.
Bear in mind that this is a small child, and if you want them to stop biting, you need to look attheir perspective of things. Be sure you guide them on what is and is not acceptable behavior. At this age, they want to learn all they can about the world around them; this includes the world of cause and effect.
Toddlers also bite when they teeth. Teething is extremely painful, and because they are in an emotional state already, the way they relieve the pain is to bite something or someone. Consider giving them a teething ring to use when they are in pain and cranky. Children Tylenol or oral aesthetic can also relieve their pain.
2 – What Can Parents Do
Many parents often say to curb biting to bite their child. However, biting them back isn’t the way to teach them that biting is wrong. Parents, you are your child’s biggest role model. They will mimic what you do.
Children younger than two have no understanding as to why you are getting onto them. You can let them know that food is the only thing that goes into their mouth and that their friends are not food. If you’re going to stop them, you need to catch them the moment they do it or just after.
If the bite is recent, let your child see the mark they left on the child. Be sure you show them and tell them that their friend is not food and should not be bitten. Tell the biting child to look at the bitten child’s face and see how sad he/she is.
At this stage in life, kids learn about empathy and what the different emotions look like.
3 – What Teachers Can Do About Biting
Teachers may have a difficult time with a serial biter in their classroom. After all, trying to teach children or do an activity while ensuring the child doesn’t bite anyone is a big task. What can teachers do?
- In the transition period, be sure you have the biter in your view at all times, especially if you are alone.
- If there is more than one teacher, one teacher should conduct the activity while the other prepares for the next activity.
- Be strategic in the seating arrangements. Never place the biter near or next to a child who will test boundaries.
Whether you are a parent or a teacher, the above ways will help you to get a toddler to stop biting.