Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Samantha | 2012-02-10


Is this just a stage

Dear Dr

My 13 month old son, likes to fight.. ie grabbing and pintching... He just looks at you and then bam grabs you.. I''d like to know if this is a phase or should i be worried about it.?

At times i think he knows what his doing cause he rubs you to say Sorry....

Please help..

Worried mom


Expert's Reply



It is always difficult to deal with this kind of aggressive behaviour when babies are still so young.Whe he tries to pinch or possibly even bite you then tell him in a clear firm voice to "Stop doing that!"Show him that you mean it.If he does not listen try to fix his attention immediately onto something else, possibly a toy or something else he is interested in.He is too young to discipline by using the most effective method of dealing with aggressive behaviour and that is the 'time out' method.When he is about 15 months old and if he is still behaving in this way, putting him in his room and closing the door when he will not stop will help to deal with this problem.

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