How to Control a Toddler's Biting: 5 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Be unemotional when talking to your toddler about biting.

Anyone who has spent time around toddlers knows that many of them like to bite. Young children bite because they are angry, sad, excited or tired. A toddler's strong emotions, combined with immature language skills, can lead to some alternative forms of communication, including biting. Here is what you can do to help curb the behavior.


  1. 1
    Watch the toddler that is prone to biting. It is important to keep an eye on the biter, so you can stop her in the act. If you wait until another child comes to you crying, it is more difficult to identify and stop the biting.
  2. 2
    Tell the toddler "no," when you see her bite. Use a firm tone, but don't yell. Walk toward the toddler and her victim as you speak.
  3. 3
    Focus your attention on the victim. If the biter broke the skin, wash the injury with antibacterial soap and water. If it is red or swollen, place a cool compress, like a wash cloth, on the area to ease the pain and swelling.
  4. 4
    Turn your attention to the biter, explaining that biting hurts. Tell her that she can be upset, angry, frustrated or tired without biting.
  5. 5
    Redirect the biter's attention. If you feel she bit because she was tired, it may be time for a nap. If she was hungry, she may need a snack. If she was biting because she didn't want to share a toy, find another toy for her to play with. Stay with her until she is refocused and calm.

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