Developmentally and neurologically healthy children most commonly bite themselves out of frustration coupled with an inability to express emotions by an alternative means. Likewise, such children may bite themselves out of boredom. Generally, such biting behaviors will not purposefully inflict pain or do damage.
Keeping this in view, why does a 2 year old bite?
It can be shocking to hear that your two year old has bitten another child – or to feel her teeth sinking into you. But the behaviour isn't at all unusual. Sometimes small children bite when they can't cope with a situation – when they're overcome by fear, anger or frustration. They may bite because someone bit them.
When children bite what should you do?
If your child is experimenting to see what will happen when he bites, you can:
- Provide immediate, firm, unemotional (as best you can) feedback (No biting. Biting hurts.).
- Help your child understand about cause-and-effect: You bit Macy and now she is crying. When you bite, it hurts your friends.
Why does a three year old bite?
Or they may bite because someone bit them. Preschoolers often bite during a fight if they feel cornered or fear they're about to be hurt. Coping with a major change, such as a new baby in the family or a new home, can also cause emotional upset that results in aggressive behavior.