3. It's How They Express Frustration

When young children, particularly toddlers, become stressed, frustrated, angry or confused, a common reaction is to bite the adult or child within the immediate vicinity of his or her anger. This is simply a response to strong emotions they don't yet know how to process. Toddlers throwing tantrums is generally the reactive response to frustrated emotions.

Even though this behavior is totally normal for children, it cannot go unchecked. Pull the child in close to you, affirm their feelings of frustration, explain to them why the behavior isn't appropriate, and give them another outlet for their emotions. Most importantly, parents need to be consistent with their response to biting and tantrum outbursts and convey their methods to daycare workers, teachers and relatives to maintain continuity.

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