Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Biting ( disturbing behavior part6)

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Most biting episodes occur between the ages of 13 and 30 months. During this stage, children are not able to verbalize their feelings. They react to stimulus differently.

Biting can be a reaction for extreme stress and is not a cause for concern. By the age three, the child should be able to handle aggressive behavior.

Emphasize to your child that biting is prohibited. Explain in a way he or she understands, that biting can cause pain. Never laugh when your child bites. Instead calmly point out that such behavior is inappropriate. If biting occur, do not overreact and quickly pull your child away from the scene. Give him or her a time out and make sure that the behavior is not rewarded. Do not punish the child with another aggressive behavior, such as hitting your child or biting back.

Model appropriate behavior at home. teach your child how to express himself. Praise him or her or use reward system ( star or a sticker) to reinforce appropriate behavior. If biting occurs repeatedly despite behavioral adjustment measures, discuss with your prdiatrician or developmental specialist.


vhincent said...

great info most especially to first timer's in racing a child...

But how come it looks like the mother is the one biting in the picture? (just kidding, lol)

spinninglovelydays said...

Thankfully, biting has never been an issue with my daughter. I think you're right about the way we react to it being a big factor. When she was teething and inclined to do it, I always firmly told her that it was unacceptable. I didn't laugh or shout or punish. Sometimes when she was frustrated she would start to bite as an impulse, but she only needed a reminder (biting hurts, biting is a no-no, or we don't bite) and she wouldn't continue.:)

Ish Diamante said...

I used to bite my nails when I was young, it's like one of my bad habit, but I don't do it anymore. But I think when I'm nervous I can't help but unconsciously bite my nails... I think your advise can really help avoid doing this bad habit.

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