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How can I stop my child from biting?

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Practice prevention so that your child will be less likely to bite.

  • Always have a cool teething ring or washcloth on hand.
  • Avoid situations in which your child can get irritable enough to bite.
  • As soon as your child is old enough, encourage the use of words ("I'm angry with you" or "That's my toy")
  • Give your child enough of your time throughout the day (for example, by reading or playing together), so he or she doesn't bite just to get attention.

From: How to Stop Your Child From Biting WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/18/2018

SOURCES:

Iowa State University: "Biting."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

Missouri Families.org: "What to Do About Biting?"

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Fighting and Biting."

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: "When a Child Bites."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Iowa State University: "Biting."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

Missouri Families.org: "What to Do About Biting?"

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Fighting and Biting."

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: "When a Child Bites."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

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