I once bit my brother. In the rage of our argument, I grabbed his arm and tucked my sharp milk teeth into his chocolate skin. My teeth didn’t sink into his flesh like I thought it would. In fact, I think it was worst for me than for him. Sure, he was bitten, but I had the aftertaste of blood in my mouth and the worlds biggest hiding later that day when daddy got home. That was the first and the last time I bit. It hurt. All of it for that matter.
I think my child is an angel, on the playground she is not. My child doesn’t bite, but this spirited little girl slaps. She tried it with me a few times. I would grab her hand in motion, and glare at her with my evil eye and issue a warning. She still does it from time to time and I reprimand her every time.
She came home last week with a bite mark on her arm. I was informed what had happened, and I was horrified. My toddler, who is not even two yet, now has a bite mark on her arm? I could clearly see the teeth marks, and this upset me more. I felt pain, anger and so sorry for my daughter. I also felt guilty for not being there when it happened. Do I call the parent ? I tried to stay calm.
I went through all the motions. If this was my child bitting others; Would I own up to it? Would I call the parent and apologize, would I give my toddler a warning or a hiding and would I say anything at all. I’m disappointed that the parents didn’t reach out to us. We are all on a WhatsApp group and they could have just said something…anything?
At toddler age they can’t speak very well and I am sure they are really frustrated. So some bite, slap, shout and others throw tantrums. I asked some experts about this. I am told;
“Try, “that’s biting, that’s wrong” or a firm “no”. If you’re in a group, remove them from the situation. Explain that it hurts others and why you don’t like them doing it. Teach them to express themselves: When things have calmed down, try to help your child find a less painful way to express their feelings”
Also, Most parenting blogs and sites explains that you need to remove the biter from the situation. a 30 second time out feels like eternity for a toddler. Also, to let him/her apologize with a ” sorry” and if he/she doesn’t talk yet, apologize with a gentle pat on their back.
In my case, When your kid’s the bitee
- Wash the bite with soap and water right away, even if the skin’s not broken. If there’s even a little bleeding, apply antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage. Actual deep puncture wound? Call the doctor; she may prescribe an antibiotic.
- Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as redness or swelling at the bite site, or a fever.
Now lets hold thumbs for a good week. Marilyn Monroe said ” Dogs never bite me. Just humans”…..She was so right.