Reasons Why Your Children Bite & How To Prevent It
Preventing Your Child from Biting
It is quite normal for children to bite while growing up. Apart from biting others, such as their parents and friends, they may also bite surfaces and tools. However, this is not always healthy.
During biting, they may expose themselves to some harm or danger. Also, they may expose the persons they bite - you or their friends and other family members - to some level of discomfort. In the case of their friends, it may lead to fighting.
Thus, you must try to prevent them from owning this habit as much as possible. But before you can do so, you have to know why they bite. We discuss some of those reasons here:
They Want to Experiment
Your child, no matter the age, is new to the world. They are just trying to get familiar with the environment. As a result, she wants to touch things or put them in her mouth.
Also, it serves as a means for them to show what their feelings are, as they cannot yet put those in words. Thus, they can bite the breast during feeding as a show of either happiness or frustration.
They are Stressed
Just as we do, children also develop some levels of stress from time to time. The stress may be emotional or physical. When this happens, they try to react but cannot put their feelings into words. Biting is one of how they channel their anger and pain.
They are Frustrated
This follows from the above. Your children also get frustrated by others. In their toddler years, they are still trying to learn how to live and relate with others, especially those of their age. Thus, if one of their friends or age-mates does anything to annoy or frustrate them, they usually react, sometimes erratically. They resort to biting or other forms of attack.
Other reasons they may bite include feeling powerless in a group, especially when they are amid older siblings. These older siblings may playfully want to exploit their weakness or powerlessness. Your child doesn't want any of that, and they resort to biting as their source of power.
What You Can Do to Prevent This
Although biting is not entirely something evil, it is still bad for your child. Amongst other things, it affects their relationship with others, especially their peers. Thus, you should seek ways to prevent that.
In the Case of Experimenting
As we know, children quickly learn, so anytime they bite on objects just to experiment, gently chastise them. You can tell them, "Biting is not good. Don't do it." Then withdraw them from the object.
In the case of experimenting, however, they desire something to bite on, and you can help with that. You can give them teething rings for them to try their biting skills on.
In the Occasion Where They Are Frustrated
They cannot yet express their feelings properly, so they need you to help navigate this phase. For one, you need to monitor them closely. However, close monitoring will not always work, as you may be busy or distracted. Thus, help them try to stay away from cases where they will have to clash with their peers.
If They Are Stressed
Try to find out the reason for the stress, then take steps to soothe them.