You asked

Why does my child sometimes bite other children?

Due to a two-year-old being unable to articulate their feelings and emotions into words, they are prone to acting out. Some children manifest their anger and frustration by throwing objects or hitting people, other find that biting gets results.

While the reason why toddlers bite is understandable, the behaviour itself I not tolerable, especially at a crèche or in preschool. Sometimes the habit of biting spreads amongst a playschool group, because toddlers copy behaviour they see and experience. This is why it is important to confront the issue of biting with your child on an individual level.

If your child bites a playmate or sibling, make sure the victim gets a proper apology from your child. Giving all the attention to the child who does the biting will only encourage this kind of behaviour in future. Make sure that your child knows that biting is harmful to other people and that it makes them feel sad and hurt. Even though a two-year-old can't really feel empathy, the concept of being the cause of pain is understood. Encourage your child to come to you, or seek help from a care-giver if they feel that another child has wronged them enough to deserve being bitten.
The response to biting has to be firm, but must not cause a commotion, since it is the reaction from adults that very often spurs children on to misbehave.

More questions

There is no right or wrong age to get a family dog; however, you should be mindful of your situation before you rush into things. 
Your child’s imagination is not only a source of fun – it’s one of his or her most important early learning tools.
When you catch your preschooler telling a lie, it is natural to be worried. Parents may feel that when their child lies, it reflects on their parenting abilities.
When you catch your preschooler telling a lie, it is natural to be a bit upset. A parent may think that when their child lies, it reflects on their parenting skills.
It is natural for an infant to put everything in their mouths. They are exploring shape, texture, and taste. Many children will continue this behaviour up to preschool years.
It must be understood that boys are known to develop slower than girls. Each child is different, and as long as your child is developing and progressing at a steady pace, then you have nothing to worry about.
When nearing their third birthday, children display more interest in other the moods and emotional states of people around them.
31 month olds are developing fast, and they’re learning a lot about more abstract concepts now – although that may result in some difficult to answer questions for you!
As your child nears the mid point between his or her second and third birthdays, there are several developmental milestones you can expect.
By 27 months, your child is rapidly leaving the toddler years behind, and growing into an energetic and clever child!



Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.