Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mashudu | 2009-03-28

Q.

One year old biting &  banging her head

My one year old daughter has started biting us time and again. I have gently bitten back and she would laugh off and stop it with me.But she is contuniung this behaviour with the rest of the family, what could be wrong? Is it anger? She has a very hot temper,sometimes when angry/ffrustrated she bangs her head on the floor or angaints any hard object. WHat could be wrong with this young girl? What could be causing this. I am really at wits end and do not know what to do,I am concerned that she could harm herself. Otherwise she is a happy child and no other issues. Please help!!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby at this age obviously does not bite deliberately. It may just seem like something that is a bit of fun to do. She may have learnt this at a play group or creche. Just say very firmly 'Don't bite, that hurts' and look as if you mean it. Do not bite her back.Then you need to get her attention immediately onto something else. If she bites again do not carry her around but place her on the floor and ignore her.Head banging is an attention seeking habit.If it is part of her starting with an anger episode or tantrum you must ignore her or divert her attention onto something else. If she continues completely ignore her and walk away.

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