Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Reed | 2012-04-17



Hi Doctor,

My son is 19 months old and at parents evening the other night his teacher was telling us that he bites other children out of the blue and that he gets aggresive outrages, usually whn he gets tired. Do you think this is just a phase or something else to be worried about. She also said he doesnt enjoy participating with the class during activities and that he wants to do his own thing.

Kindly advise

Expert's Reply



This is often not an easy problem to solve and once a child has a reputation for biting other children at school the parents and the teachers start to complain about this.Your son is also having temper tantrums. If he does this at home he must immediately be put in his room and he must stay there until he is quiet. Also if he ever bites you or tries to bite another child at your house he must go to his room. At school it is more difficult to deal with. Your son already seems to prefer his own company. It would probably be best to take him out of school for the rest of this year and let him become more mature and confident before sending him back to school next year.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-04-18

A teacher may not smack your child - that is illegal.

I seriously suggest you find a creche where they are better qualified and actually know something about childhood development.

The teacher could give him a time out, she could take away a privelege - there is a huge range of things she can do other than smacking. If I were you, I would lay a charge against her.

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Posted by: Reed | 2012-04-17

He is acting out of frustration as he does not behave like this at home because there he can play with what he wants and when and go sleep when he is tired. They have already said he must sleep with the rest of the class. I understand when parents get upset when their children have been bitten as i was when my son was bitten 3 times in the face. He only started biting when he was bitten first. His teacher said all she can do is give him a snack on the hand and let him apologise to the child he bit. I want to look for another creche anyway. Thank you for your input.

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Posted by: purple | 2012-04-17

Maybe he is a bit young for the activities and classwork and he is acting out his frustration?
When children are tired they behave abonimably - can they perhaps let him sleep a bit earlier?
Unfortunately with day cares, it is difficult for them to take each child''s specific needs into account, they have to have a routine that is workable for the majority of children, and it just won''t suit some of the children. However, could they not get out a mattrass and let him sleep a bit earlier, even if it is in the classroom?

Have you asked them what they are doing to try and prevent the biting incidents?

Unfortunately, with biting, parents start to get very upset and some day cares, instead of dealing wiht the problem ask parents to remove their children. Perhaps try to work with them to resolve the problem before it gets to that point.

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