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Children Who Bite

There are many ways your child can show her anger, but biting is one way that is not acceptable. Toddlers who are still learning to talk may bite to express their excitement or frustration, but it should be addressed immediately. If your child bites someone, let her know that biting is not okay. A prompt time-out can help her understand that biting is not an acceptable behavior. Although young children have little natural self-control, show your child how to express her anger through words, not acts of aggression. Help her learn the difference between expressing herself versus acting out physically in anger or frustration. As your child learns and demonstrates these valuable coping skills, watch closely and praise her efforts. If these simple disciplinary measures do not seem to work, talk with your pediatrician to see if there are other issues that may be behind your child’s aggressive behaviors.

​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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