Sunday, December 09, 2007

Once Bitten....

Poor Bryce, he had quite an injury-full day yesterday. Aside from taking a chunk out of one of his temples when he ran, in his crazy runaway train fashion, into the corner of Caroline's dresser, and getting his little toe stomped on by the kitchen step stoll, he also sustained a bite.

The kids have been having their normal amount of "fights" over toys, but lately they've seemed to turn more violent. Mostly because Bryce now fights back. It used to be Caroline doing a majority of the hurting, but Bryce is taking his turn. But it seems in this fight, Caroline still had the upper hand...err jaw.

They were fighting over something with one of our Fisher-Price holiday sets when all of a sudden we heard a very loud and painful cry from Bryce. Parents know - you just know when it's not a usual cry. So Jason went in and got him and asked Caroline what had happened. Of course, she said nothing, but Bryce's cry told otherwise. He sat on Jason's lap and was recovering when we noticed some telltale teeth marks on his cheek. So, I confronted Caroline and even though the proof was overwhelming, she still refused to admit her guilt. Even so, she was headed for a long timeout for this.

The thing is, at the time, the bite didn't look that bad. It certainly didn't break the skin and it just looked a little red. (You could see BOTH her lower and top teeth imprints, so it was QUITE a bite.) But as the day went on, those welts got darker and it seems Bryce might even have a little bit of bruising. This morning it was a lot better but still visible. (And of course, it's on the same side of his face as the aforementioned temple injury.)

I told my mom about it and she said they reminded her of my sister and brother as there was a very well known incident when my brother bit my sister in the back. Apparently he DID break the skin and my mom was so frustrated she bit his finger. I think that got his attention.

So while no biting of children by adults has happened here, I have to say, I just don't get the biting thing. But then, it's clear that the biting "reflex" is some kind of primal instinct as we don't have any pets that bite, we clearly don't role model biting, so I'm just apt to believe it's something brought on by pure youthful rage. Not that it makes it okay - far from it - but it's just very interesting to me how these things that we don't teach them become a defense mechanism when they are under stress. I actually do remember a few times when I was very young being very angry at my sister about something and wanting to bite her finger really hard. But I also remember knowing it wasn't something I should do so I went to my room and bit my pillow really hard. Maybe Caroline needs a biting pillow for Christmas.

2 comments:

bracken said...

The fun of having two kids:>:> Hope Bryce is doing better and his cheek is healing.

Viv said...

Oh I can't wait...............