Toddlers may have many behaviors at the stage of development. Biting is one of such practice that a child may undertake to convey a certain thought
Toddlers like to portray their affection, anger and hunger through particular activities other than language or other skills. One may not be able to speak in the initial months of growing up. To show dissent or dissatisfaction, biting may be one of the ways of expression. Even children may want to explore a certain object or just bite a certain thing to see the reaction.
Toddler’s biting behavior
Besides laughter, cuddles and blinking, biting is another signal action of them. It is a very common sign in the early months of the childbirth. But sometime this act can be too disturbing for others, if the child overdoes it. Constant biting may irate many and can also hurt other kids. A child may not realize always that this act may harm people and children.
Frustration and irritation or anger is normally expressed by toddlers by resorting to biting. It is not easy for them to understand the complicated things in life and articulate them into words or an accepted action. It may exist in the first 24 months of a child’s life. If it goes beyond it or may become more compulsive, treatment or a doctor’s advice may be needed.
Once the language skill develops in toddlers, the behavior of this kind generally reduces and then disappears. But many a times it may persist. The toddler may bite others and also themselves. They can have the compulsive urge to bite nonfood items and also objects. This can harm their body and affect their health. Cuts or scars on the lips and mouth may occur due to this.
It is very important that the parent addresses this issue. It is necessary to reinstate the normal behavior once the language skill surfaces in children. Teaching them the right behavior and the way to express different emotions is also essential. To separate the stimulant from the child’s understanding should be done.
Prevention and treatment
You may have to teach the toddler eventually, as to how to react to things that they may take on negatively. Maybe making them aware of some hand signals and later few words to make the people know of their disagreement. It is also important to provide them positive reinforcements when they react in the socially acceptable way.
If the child bites in aggression even after he or she grows up, psychiatric help may be required. Interpersonal therapy and the cognitive behavioral therapy will aid in making the child confront their fears and ill practices. It may require parents’ support also. You may need to tell the kid that what they are doing is not good for others health and also for them.
In severe cases, if the action is compulsive, medications may be required. In adults, also this kind of attitude is found but not as widely as in children. So, deal with the situation at the earliest.