October 18, 2012
Health Tip: Is Your Child a Biter?
These actions may help curb the practice
(HealthDay News) -- Biting is a common behavior in toddlers, who may be easily frustrated.
The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help curb biting among toddlers:
- First, give attention and comfort to the person who has been bitten.
- Calmly and firmly address the biter with simple language, such as "no biting" or "biting hurts."
- Talk to the child about alternatives to biting, such as using words like "stop" or "no."
- Redirect a frustrated toddler with positive ways to burn off energy, such as by playing a game or dancing to music.
- Put the child in a timeout; one minute per year of age is a good benchmark.