Biting - Home Treatment
Suggest other ways for your child to express feelings.
For example, say, "Use your words to tell Susan you are angry at her for taking
When a child bites, do not:
- Bite the child back to show how it feels to be
- Wash out the child's mouth with soap.
slap, or use other physical punishment.
Starting at age 2, children who continue to bite may benefit
from time-out. Time-out removes the child from the
situation, allows him or her time to calm down, and teaches the child that
biting is not acceptable behavior. Time-out works best for children who
understand why it is being used.
Biting that occurs in a child care center
child bites another in a child care center, the director may ask to meet with
the parents of both children. If biting keeps happening, measures that can be
- Shortening your child's day at the
- Watching your child closely to identify when he or she is
most likely to bite. Some activities may frustrate your child. Replacing
frustrating activities with less challenging activities may be all that is
needed to stop a child from biting.
- Staying on a consistent
If these measures do not stop your child's biting, you
may want to or you may be asked to move your child to another child care
setting. A smaller center or one with staff who are skilled in handling
children who bite may be a better situation for a child with an ongoing biting
Contact your doctor if:
- You have not been able to stop your child's
biting using the above techniques.
- You have difficulty handling
your reaction to your child's biting.
- Your child's biting is
disrupting his or her life.
- You need suggestions for treating