In most cases, a
doctor can help when your child has problems with biting others. Biting that
injures someone or biting that continues after age 3 are signs that a child
needs help controlling strong emotions. A doctor can assist parents and
children with techniques that help a child express his or her feelings more
appropriately. For example, your doctor can direct you to a class on parenting
or on normal growth and development of children. These programs and other
measures can help you understand why your child bites and how you can best
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Not all incidents of biting can be prevented. But
biting can be reduced by looking for things in your child's life that may lead
to this behavior. Usually these relate to your child's age.
babies who may be teething soft toys or teething rings
specifically designed to safely ease this discomfort. Biting or chewing on a
clean, frozen washcloth can also help. For more information, see the topic
children ages 8 to 14 months that biting hurts other
people. Exaggerate the pain if your child bites you, and say, "No! We do not
bite!" or something similar.
children ages 15 to 36 months use words to express
their feelings. Also, learn to recognize the signs that your child is about to
bite. You may be able to stop biting before it happens by distracting or
redirecting your child. Don't try to reason with young children or have lengthy
discussions about biting. Use simple and direct language.
When to call a doctor after a bite
bite from a child is not harmful, and medical care is
not needed. Call your doctor if the bite has pierced (broken) your child's skin. The doctor will check your child's immunization status, ask questions about how and when the bite occurred, and decide if your child needs antibiotics to help prevent infection.