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Babies who Bite

Babies who Bite

There are also strategies you can try to keep kids from biting in the first place:

• Help your child label his feelings by teaching him to say “I’m mad.”

• Try teaching him other physical ways of expressing frustration, such as jumping up and down or squeezing a stress ball.

• Talk neutrally about biting by saying things like: “Oh no, we have to keep the angry bug away because he likes to bite,” says Kolari. “It helps kids deal with the behaviour without making them feel ashamed.”

If biting persists, it may be time to get help from a doctor or child psychologist.

Meet our Expert

Jennifer Kolari is a therapist who has helped children, teens and families get connected for 20 years. She is the author of Connected Parenting (Penguin, 2009) and is a highly sought-after speaker with schools, organizations and media agencies throughout North America. Jennifer spent several years counseling families for the Toronto District School Board and serving as a field supervisor for the University of Toronto faculty of Social Work. Jennifer lives in Toronto with her husband and their three children.