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Why do children bite? Our experts reveal the answer to this and the other most-Googled questions about kids

THE answer to any question is available at the click of a button, but what do parents really want to know?

Google has given Fabulous Daily exclusive access to the top ten most frequent WHY questions around children in the UK.

 Why children get angry is the third-most searched question on Google Why children get angry is the third-most searched question on Google

Top of the list is: “Why do children bite”, while lying, bedwetting and warts all prompt queries.

In our handy guide, The Sun’s Dr Carol Cooper and Liat Hughes Joshi, an expert who has written several parenting books, provide the answers to our most common worries.

1 Why do children bite?

Liat says: “It is rarely about hurting their victim. It could be due to frustration because they are struggling to communicate or to deal with emotions.

 Children may bite to get an adult's attention Children may bite to get an adult’s attention

“It can also be attention seeking as they have learned that if they bite, an adult will come running.

“For toddlers, a telling-off might be welcome attention, especially if they are feeling insecure after the arrival of a new sibling or after a major change at home.”

2 Why do children lie?

 Kids aren't always the best at lying, such as saying they didn't eat chocolate even though its spread around their faceGetty – Contributor Kids aren’t always the best at lying, such as saying they didn’t eat chocolate even though its spread around their face

Liat says: “Most children go through a stage of experimenting with lying, often with comical results.
“For example, lying about eating chocolate when it is smeared around their face.

“Commonly, lying is to avoid getting into trouble when they’ve messed up or because they’re embarrassed about what they really did.

“It can be about getting extra attention, either from other children or adults.”

 Children get angry for various reasons, including feeling tired or overwhelmedGetty – Contributor Children get angry for various reasons, including feeling tired or overwhelmed

3 Why is my child so angry?

Liat says: “Children may get angry because they are tired, overwhelmed, feel nobody understands them or that everything is going wrong.

“Sometimes the trigger may seem trivial, like saying they can’t have more sweets.

“Younger children won’t have learned to deal with strong feelings. If an older child is frequently angry, it could be a sign that they are stressed or depressed.”

 Kids are growing and need lots of sleepGetty – Contributor Kids are growing and need lots of sleep

4 Why do children need so much sleep?

Liat says: “The biggest reason kids need more sleep than grown-ups is because they’re growing and secrete growth hormone during deep sleep.

“Adults might be out for the count for seven or eight hours a night but a newborn can sleep as much as 16 to 18 hours a day.

“Good sleep can boost a child’s concentration, ability to learn and their immune system. It is associated with lower levels of obesity.”

 Parents and care-givers understandably turn to Google to look for answersPA:Press Association Parents and care-givers understandably turn to Google to look for answers

5 Why do kids get warts?

Dr Carol says: “For the same reason adults do — they come into direct contact with a virus.

“But children’s immune systems have yet to recognise and fight the viruses that cause them.

“Youngsters also tend to touch everything, so they probably come into contact with viruses more often.

“Warts can be unsightly, but they are harmless and they go away eventually.”

6 Why do children steal?

Liat says: “A younger child may steal if they have poor impulse control. They may want a piece of chocolate — and can’t stop themselves grabbing it. Occasionally, very small children might not yet understand that something belongs to someone else.

“School-age kids might thieve as part of a wider bullying campaign because they want to be part of the ‘in crowd’ and have the cool thing they can’t afford.”

 Bed wetting can be caused by drinking too much before bedtime or anxiety Bed wetting can be caused by drinking too much before bedtime or anxiety

7 Why do children wet the bed?

Liat says: “It is normal while a child is potty training but one in 15 seven-year-olds also do it.

“Causes can be drinking too much before bedtime, sleeping especially deeply so the child does not react to signals they need the loo, constipation as a full bowel squashes the bladder, or producing more wee than the bladder can cope with.

“If bed-wetting starts suddenly, look at other factors, such as anxiety.”

8 Why is my child’s poo green?

Dr Carol says: “Green poo isn’t necessarily something to worry about.

“Eating a lot of greens can cause it, but this is a rare cause in children.

“Some types of formula milk turn motions dark green, too. Babies can also have green poo with a bowel infection.

“If the child is listless or has diarrhoea and vomiting, then talk to the doctor.”

 Children who are bullied may become bulliesGetty – Contributor Children who are bullied may become bullies

9 Why do children bully?

Liat says: “Perhaps the child feels they are not getting enough attention at home or something has changed in their life.

“Children who are being bullied — by another child or adult — can also become bullies. Bullying someone else can make the child feel important or powerful.

“It might also be because they are keen to fit in with a group who bully.”

 Kids need more calories than some adults expectGetty – Contributor Kids need more calories than some adults expect

10 Why is my child always hungry?

Liat says: “Many parents underestimate how many calories kids need to grow. An eight-year-old needs 1,625 to 1,745 calories daily. Other factors could be that the child isn’t drinking and is actually thirsty, or isn’t eating the foods to feel full, such as protein and fibre.”

Where to get help

SUN doctor Carol Cooper says: “A Google search typically provides lists of causes and diagnoses, especially if you visit a reputable site.

“But even reliable websites like NHS UK can’t know the context of your child’s symptoms or the previous history.

“Exactly the same goes for parenting blogs.

“Health visitors and pharmacists can give good health advice, or your GP can also examine your little one.”

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