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Responding to Your Childs Bite The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Vanderbilt University vanderbilt

educsefel Does this Sound Familiar arc is preparing dinner and his two childrenJack 3 years and Jalen 1 yearsare playing with cars on the kitchen floor Suddenly Marc hears a bloodcurdling scream coming from Jack that quickly turns into sobs Between s

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Responding to Your Childs Bite The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Vanderbilt University vanderbilt






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Responding toYour Childs Bite The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Vanderbilt University vanderbilt.edu/csefel cars on the kitchen floor. Suddenly, Marc hears aMarc is frustrated. He doesnt know what to do. Jalenbites often. He bites his brother, other children on the The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Vanderbilt University vanderbilt.edu/csefel Developmentally, most toddlers dontthey are feeling. They primarily rely onfeelings. While biting might be veryanyone. Your child might be biting tosay, Im scared, People arecrowding me, or, Im frustrated.Naturally, parents and caregivers worryanother child. And they worry aboutchildren. The good news is that therechilds biting. Young children bite for many differentin reducing or stopping the behavior.frustration. They often do not knowmessages such as, I dont like thator I want that toy or You are innear or with others. They might notToddlers mightbite to see the effect it has onothers. They learn quickly that itYou seem interesting. I wonderTeethingToddlersof others. They learn so much byWhen children are hungry,sleepy, bored, or anxious, they areless able to cope with lifes ups andyoung children, that doesnt mean it isinjury. Other children may begin tohes mean) or avoid playing withharmful to a childs relationships withIf yourchild seems to bite whenYou can say, You are so frustrated.You want that toy. Teach your childno. Teach some basic signSean Locke If you think yourchild mightbe biting fororal stimulation: Offer crunchy healthy foodsthroughout the day. Or, provideIf yourchild is biting becauseIf yourchild tends to bitewhen he/she is tired: times. Ask your childs otherIf you believe yourchild mightTry to offer more frequentIf you believe yourchild mightbite when he/she is bored:different play spaces. If you believe yourchild mightTalk about any changes he/shehis/her feelings. Attempt to keepIf yourchild seems to biteby playing nearorwith others: play. Your child might need help tounderstand other childrens ideas.learn and practice how to join play,childs doll, you might say, MollyIf you think yourchild is bitingbiting has a big effect on the adult.An adults big reaction can be verywith cause and effect in other ways. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Vanderbilt University vanderbilt.edu/csefel scolding), clearly, and firmly say,Show and explain the effect of theexample, you might say, Jack isably, adults often react strongly tocorrect the biting behavior.However, even negative attentionmodel apologies and empathy.Avoid trying to get your child toapologize. While it is important foryour child to develop empathy,Acknowledge your childs feelings.You might say something like,You are frustrated. Lets findanother way. Touch gently or askfor the toy. You can say, Can I difficult feelings. Continue tohelp put words to your childsexperience: You dont like it whenJalen bites. You can say stop. Shadow orstay within armsdistance of yourchild duringTalk to others who care foryourShare with your childsprone to biting. Ask your childcarebiting. Try to have all caregiversway. Provide yourchild withteeth are for. Teeth are forchewing foods, not people. Offerchew. If your childs biting does not decreasedoctors office or medical clinic. Ifyou to another professional. Achildpotential reasons for your childs bitingPortions adapted with permission fromZERO TO THREE. (n.d.). Chew onThis: Responding to Toddlers WhoBite. Retrieved June 5, 2008, fromhttp://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageSerthe different characters might befeeling. If you have an older toddler,book to you by telling you what isTeeth Are Not for Biting Elizabeth VerdickLouise by Margie creates confusion and fear. Youngthem and their own biting. And itYelling, scolding, lecturing, or usingmight increase your childs level ofmore biting. They also do not teach Foundations for Early Learning Child Care BureauOffice of