When your child bites, you feel bad for the way your child is behaving and also for the victim who nurses a throbbing red mark. You want your child to stop biting. Other parents are appalled. You wish you could just sink into the ground. For your child’s age, this could be the most antisocial work. Understanding why a child bites is key to beating the problem. Not all children bite out of anger or to hurt another child – in fact kids can’t really understand how much pain they’re causing.
As a parent, to stop biting habit of your child, you just need to understand the causes behind this. Just handle the situation calming next time.
In all instances, react swiftly, and keep your cool. Don’t ever – ever – bite back or hit – retaliation could be dangerous. “You’re just teaching them violence causes violence,” But don’t dodge the issue – children need to know immediately that what they have done is wrong.
Here are the 5 ways to stop child from biting:
You need to be observant, look how intense, how frequent the bites are and what are the targets.
- One of the best ways is to act before your child has a chance to sink their teeth into anyone. Parents might be slow at doing this, but it is always one of the best ways.
- Separate your child away from the person they’re about to bite.
- Don’t put them into large groups if that’s where it happens. Plan in advance for their behaviour.
- Children often clench their teeth before they bite – an unmistakable sign. React swiftly.
- Take the child somewhere quiet to calm down.
- If a teething child is trying out his or her teeth, find toys to chew and chomp on.
2️⃣Teach them it’s wrong:
- When your child bites, use simple but firm words.
- Try, “that’s biting, that’s wrong” or a firm “no”.
- If you’re in a group, remove them from the situation.
- Explain that it hurts others and why you don’t like kids biting.
3️⃣Teach them to express themselves:
When things have calmed down, try to help your child find a less painful way to express their feelings.
- If a child is biting to show his affection, there are chances he might not do this again.
- *If your child’s expressing love, teach them to hug rather than bite whenever they feel strong emotions.
- If your child bites out of defence, show them how to tell somebody they don’t want him or her too close. Teach them to make the “stop” sign (a hand held up) or ask them even gently to push the other child’s shoulder which won’t hurt but gives a clear message.
- Teach them to come and find you instead if they’re angry.
4️⃣Reduce the effectiveness:
When children bite to gain attention, dealing with it is trickier.
- After the first big incidence, don’t try to reason or explain.Give a firm “no”.
- Put your body between victim and biter and turn your back on the biter.
- Give the victim sympathy and the biter a clear message this is an unproductive way of getting attention.
5️⃣If time-out is one of your methods:
*If time-out is one of your methods, now’s the time to use it.
- *If the bite was over a toy or treat, remove it for a short while.
- If a child tries to control his or her mum by biting, try physically putting a part of their body in the way as they go to bite – an arm or a leg, which will stop them in their tracks.
Now as you have read till here, this is an extra tip, which works wonders –
“ Praise them for good behavior”: Praise them for good behavior and see how the problem fades away. Beware, don’t over do it.
When to ask for help: Don’t rush to a therapist; seek help or advice from friends and other parents, or teachers. This is very unlikely that you will fail after this, but if you do, then surely visit a therapist.
Happy childhood is every child’s right.
All the best wishes to you on this amazing journey. This will surely give us an easy life.
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