Childhood Diseases

Posted by: MeMe | 2011-01-11



Dear Dr.
My nine month old is biting other kids at crech and is biting himself (fingers) when ever he doesn''t get things his way and bang his head on the wall, scratch any one around him...
Im worried! is there anything that i can do to make him stop this as he will hurt himself??

Expert's Reply



Your baby's behaviour is going to be very difficult to stop at this age. He is very young to be biting and you will soon be asked to remove him from the creche if he goes on like this. You need to give your baby lots of love and no one must smack him or shout at him if he does wrong. Just speak in a clear firm voice if he tries to bite anyone and tell him to stop biting. If he does not listen he should be removed from the place where he is biting other children. When he gets older [over 15 months] and if he is still biting then each time he bites he must be taken to his room and the door closed. He must remain there until he stops crying and is quiet again.His head banging is an attention seeking habit.Your son needs lots of love, patience and quality time spent with him.

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