I've got a questions about biting in young toddlers. My dd in only 14 months old and recently she's started biting when she's frustrated. Primarily me (the odd time time daddy and grandma) and i've always delt with it by saying "no biting, biting hurts", or "i understand your frustrated but you can't bite mommy it hurts me", etc. I try to make sure that she never gets overtired because this brings out the biting the most. However this means ensuring that we are always at home for naps (as she does not nap well outside the home), and as much as i love my home i do need to get out every now and then. So today we went to the city. Primarily walmart i tried to watch her to see signs that she was getting tired. as soon as i spotted those signs i plopped her up in a wrap and started trying to find a quiet area of the store. But she became more frustrated with me (I assume it was because there is soo much to see but she is soo tired she doesn't know what to do). So i started pacing up and down the isles trying to avoid people and humming to her. she became even more frustrated. I tried signing (as she signs) sleep and saying, night night, time for a nap. Rubbing the back of her head and gently trying to carress her head down onto my chest. She became even more frustrated and started biting me. I said my usual speal and she turned her anger inwards and bit herself. she bit herself so hard that's she's brused the area and broke some blood vessles. other spots the teeth mark stayed there for about and hour or so. I attempted to offer her other safe alternatives to bite, a doll, her pacifier. She ignored them all and continued to bite my hands. i've never seen her so upset and so aggressive to herself. I"m very concerned about this behaviour as it seems to be slowly escalating lately. Is this normal for 14 months? Does anyone have some literature on this i can read? did you have this happen and how did you deal with it???
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