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Health Tip: Addressing Your Child’s Biting Habit

Last Updated: October 10, 2019.

(HealthDay News) -- From wanting attention to communicating their feelings, children bite for a variety of reasons, says the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

When addressing your child's biting habit, the association suggests:

  • Watch your child to learn where, when and in what situations biting occurs.
  • Pay attention to signals. Step in if your child seems ready to bite.
  • Suggest appropriate ways to express strong feelings.
  • Teach your child words for setting limits, such as "no," "stop," or "that's mine."


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