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Child Biting Self

My 10 month old has picked up a nasty habit.  When he gets upset or frustrated, he has started biting his hand....hard.  I get that he is expressing his frustration, but that can't be good.  How can I get him to express his frustration without hurting himself (or others)?  I'd hate to have a biter or a child who throws destructive temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way.

Self biting is common in children. If he only bites one area of his body you can attempt to cover the area with clothing - ie. long sleeves for arm biters or gloves in your son’s case. Unfortunately in most cases, there is nothing you can (reasonably) do to prevent him from biting himself.

The good news he should quickly realize that it hurts and the pain should help extinguish this behavior. If he continues to bite himself or engage in other self destructive behaviors discuss these with your doctor.

Temper tantrums are also normal. He needs to learn to deal with life’s frustrations. Time out is the best method to manage tantrums at this age. By consistently placing him in time out, he should eventually learn to separate and calm down on his own. If you give into his tantrums or give him more attention while in time out the fits will worsen.

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Biting When Tired

My 11-month-old grandson has started biting, and I want to know how to stop this. I am his caregiver all week long, so I spend the most time with him. He is a very loving, bright baby, but I don't think he understands that biting is wrong. (... more on biting when tired)






Written Feburary 2012 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician


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