Biting is common among very young children, particularly in group settings such as child care. It is very important for child care providers to understand why children bite so that they can help children find more appropriate ways to express themselves.
There are many reasons why young children bite. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Children may be trying to express their independence and feel a sense of personal control.
- Babies’ mouths are sore when teething; biting feels
Sometimes children in child care have difficult days. They may cry, scream, bite, throw things, or act out in other ways that are very challenging to child care providers. Luckily, there are many different ways to handle these challenging behaviors. The following articles suggest some ways to deal with behaviors such as biting, crying, temper tantrums, and rivalry between children that may frustrate both you and the children’s families.
Biting is one of the most frustrating behaviors facing child care providers. Unfortunately, there’s not a simple solution to stop all biting. The two keys to preventing future biting are to observe carefully and to plan for prevention.
Observing Biting Behaviors
If a child begins biting others, observe that child carefully. When and under what circumstances does biting occur? Who is the child biting? How does the biter react when the child they have bitten becomes upset? Is biting worse …
Biting is a frustrating problem, both for parents and child care providers. As a parent, it is not easy to see your child come home with bite marks. Unfortunately, biting is not uncommon in groups of toddlers. Children bite for many different reasons, including frustration, teething and exploration. Many toddlers have trouble communicating their needs with words. When they experience this trouble communicating, they may turn to biting to make their point.
Ways Child Care Providers Handle Biting
What should …
Few behaviors upset and anger child care providers and parents more than a child who bites. Although many children never bite, biting is not uncommon among toddlers, especially when they are in groups of children. Biting tends to be most common between about 18 months and 3 or 4 years of age.
Common Reasons for Biting
Many adults think of biting as a single behavior, but there are many different reasons why children bite. Here are some of the most …