Managing Behaviors of Infants and Waddlers

As infants and waddlers get older and start discovering their bodies, they might not be aware of how strong they are becoming. Sometimes acts of affection may seem aggressive. When it becomes a safety issue, redirection and distraction are used as discipline. On occasion, a child may bite another child or adult. This is done for a variety of reasons, such as teething, oral exploration, baby kisses, tiredness, overstimulation, or as a means of communication. When biting occurs we attend to the bitten child by comforting him or her and then we will go to the child that is biting and using a firm "Ouch, biting hurts", or using the child's name they have bitten telling them they are not food and to be gentle, soft touches, and showing them soft touches. If a child continues to bite we may need to use firm words that say "No biting". If a child is teething or continues to show signs of biting we will provide something for them to chew on, such as a teething toy from the freezer. When biting occurs, the parent of the child that was bitten will be informed, but the identity of the biter will remain anonymous. Records of such events (injuries, bites, scratches etc..) are kept to monitor patterns or any other reoccuring problems, everything is documented.

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