August 26th, 2010
Why kids bite and what you can do to get them to stop.
by: Sydney Loney
iting is normal in young kids and doesn’t mean your child will grow up to have behavioral problems, says Jennifer Kolari, author of Connected Parenting
. Here’s what to do if your baby is a biter.
Why kids bite
• Infants: teething infants sometimes bite to relieve the pressure on their gums
• Toddlers: At around one year, children may bite simply because it’s part of the way they’re exploring the world. But by age two, biting is more likely due to a lack of impulse or emotion control and usually occurs when kids are frustrated or distressed.
• Preschoolers: Biting usually peaks around age three, but can last until ages four or five, especially with boys. “Boys tend to be a little more aggressive and interact with the world in a more physical way,” says Kolari.